Call on Your Senator to Protect Good Samaritan Language in Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act

August 8, 2018 by matray

Editor's note: the following call to action is from Protect Patient's Now, a national advocacy coalition working to enact medical liability reform at the federal level.

Protect Patients Now needs your help in support of an important, bi-partisan medical liability reform bill making its way through Congress.

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.

But we need your help to urge Senators to keep this language in the final version of the bill and sign on as a cosponsor.

Constituents from Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are represented by Senators on the HELP committee and can click here to contact them today with this urgent request.

Patients and physicians from outside these states can also show grassroots support for the bill by clicking here to contact their Senator and asking him or her to sign on as a cosponsor.

It is critical that the entire Protect Patients Now grassroots network takes action to urge Senators to preserve access to medical care during a federally-declared disaster and protect our critical health care providers from medical lawsuit abuse.

Thank you for your continued support of medical liability reform!


Are you represented by a Senator on the HELP Committee? Click here to urge your Senator to support common-sense Good Samaritan legislation


All other constituents: Click here to ask your Senator to cosponsor common-sense Good Samaritan legislation

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