Although existing laws provide some protection, the U.S. volunteer system has unaddressed gaps that hinder rapid response, particularly in the event of a wide-scale disaster. Especially in light of recent events, including the hurricanes that hit Texas, the Gulf Coast, and Puerto Rico, broad-based protections that allow health care volunteers to safely deploy across state lines are imperative. The Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017 will ensure health care professionals are able to volunteer their services during a disaster without the threat of lawsuits.
The bill will next be considered by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. Again, AAOS thanks subcommittee members and urges Congress to quickly move this legislation.
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