Above: Rep. Mayberry explains H.B. 1061, the No Patient Left Alone Act, to state representatives in this file photo.

On Monday the Senate Public Health Committee passed H.B. 1061 by Rep. Julie Mayberry (R – Hensley) and Sen. Breanne Davis (R – Russellville).

This good bill protects people from being left alone and denied visitors in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar facilities.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, we’ve heard story after story of people separated from their loved ones.

Nobody should be barred from being in the hospital with their dying child, their spouse, or their parent. This bill helps address that in Arkansas.

H.B. 1061 now goes to the entire Arkansas Senate for consideration.