On March 25, 2009 Senator Buehrer introduced SB 86 to grant qualified civil immunity to a physician who provides emergency medical services, first-aid treatment, or other emergency professional care in compliance with the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) or as a result of a disaster. Full Text The bill was introduced with 11 Senate Co-sponsors: COUGHLIN (R-27, Cuyahoga Falls, Oh), FABER (R-12, Celina, Oh), GIBBS (R-22, Lakeville, Oh), GOODMAN (R-03, Columbus, Oh), HUSTED (R-6 Kettering, Oh), SCHAFFER (R-31, Lancaster, Oh), SCHULER (R-07, Sycamore Township,Oh), SCHURING (R-29, Canton, Oh), STEWART (R-20, Albany, Oh), TURNER (D-25, Cleveland, Oh) and WIDENER (R-10, Springfield, Oh)
The purpose of this bill is to provide appropriately limited liability for all physician emergency medical providers under EMTALA requirements, to encourage participation in emergency medical care, and to improve access to care and quality of emergency care for patients in the State of Ohio. This bill also proposes amending Ohio statute to provide new limited liability protection for physicians in disaster and emergency situations.
The bill will next go to the Senate Reference Committee to be assigned a Senate Committee. Our web site will be updated with the progress of the bill.
ACTION at this time- let YOUR State SENATOR know how important this bill is to you!
If YOUR Senator is one of the Co-Sponsors above, please send a note of thanks! E-mail works fine.
Thanks to Dr. Catherine Marco's leadership of this effort over the past 2 ½ years as Government Affairs Chair, and to the Government Affairs team for assisting in the pursuit of this outcome. Thanks to Dr. Gary Katz and Dr. Brad Raetzke who have recently given a lot of their ‘free' time to join the Executive Director and the Towner Policy Group lobbyists in Senate visits.