TMA Legislative Hotline

Hotline is a daily electronic newsletter exclusively for TMA members that reports the legislature's latest actions on bills affecting Texas medicine.

Legislative Top 10: Law Gives Liability Protections to Physicians Who Respond to Disasters

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The Texas Legislature passed a bill this session to allow physicians and health care providers to voluntarily respond to disasters without fear of medical liability. 

Today’s Texas Medical Association Legislative Hotline video examines that bill, Senate Bill 752, which aims to clear the minds of physician volunteers like those who rushed to provide care after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. SB 752 was sponsored by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston). Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill in May, and it takes effect Sept. 1. 

“If you’re volunteering your services … you shouldn’t be subject to liability as long as you’re doing your best in providing those services,” TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst said. 

See this and more in today’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video, the ninth in our “Top 10” legislative summary series.