The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is set to move forward on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, in which House members have included key language from the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to ensure patients have access to vital, on-site medical services in the wake of a natural or man-made disaster.
Looking back to the recent western wildfires, Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes, we recall vivid memories of medical professionals rushing to the scene to provide immediate care to victims. Unfortunately, due to inconsistencies in federal and state laws, some of these volunteer health care professionals risk being turned away or limited in the scope of their assistance because of the threat of medical liability lawsuits.
Including the Good Samaritan bill language in this wider public health legislation would help protect medical volunteers from lawsuits during a large-scale disaster, and ensure that vital health care services are available to disaster victims.
We need your help to urge Senators to keep this language in the final version of the bill and sign on as a cosponsor.