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H.R.1733: Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about health
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Sponsor Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Total Cosponsors 22 (3 Democrats, 19 Republicans)
Introduced April 25, 2013
Latest Major Action June 14, 2013
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  • Bill introduced in the House   
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Bill Summary

Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2013 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to shield a health care professional from liability under federal or state law for harm caused by any act or omission if: (1) the professional is serving as a volunteer in response to a disaster; and (2) the act or omission occurs during the period of the disaster, in the professional's capacity as such a volunteer, and in a good faith belief that the individual being treated is in need of health care services.

Makes exceptions where: (1) the harm was caused by an act or omission constituting willful or criminal misconduct, gross negligence, reckless misconduct, or a conscious flagrant indifference to the rights or safety of the individual harmed; or (2) the professional rendered the health care services under the influence of intoxicating alcohol or an intoxicating drug.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
April 26, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
April 25, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary
April 25, 2013 Referred to House Energy and Commerce