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Baker to sign ‘Laura’s Law,’ named after woman who died looking for ER

BOSTON — Gov. Baker will sign a bill Friday known as “Laura’s Law,” which will require hospitals to post signage ensuring easy access to emergency rooms.

The bill is named for Laura Levis, a 34-year-old Somerville woman, who died days after collapsing outside a locked hospital emergency room at Somerville Hospital in 2016.

Hospitals will now be required to post clearly marked signs showing the quickest way to the ER and create a working group to make recommendations on improving hospital signage and lighting.

Due to coronavirus, the law will not take effect until Baker lifts the state of emergency.

Levis’ husband, Peter Demarco, pushed for legislation after her death to help prevent future tragedies.

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