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Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act Introduced

On Sept. 10, Reps. Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-Calif.) and Larry Bucshon, MD, (R-Ind.) introduced the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act (H.R. 5239). This legislation offers health professionals providing voluntary care in response to a federally declared disaster with medical liability protections. While federal and state laws are intended to protect volunteer health professionals from unwarranted lawsuits, there are many inconsistencies, which may leave physicians vulnerable. Companion legislation will soon be introduced in the Senate.

The AANS and the CNS sent a letter of support to Reps. Ruiz and Bucshon.