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

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.

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June 14, 2019

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Brent Annear is TMA’s director of media relations and PR. He joined TMA in 2001 after working two decades in television news. Brent and his team share TMA’s mission and vision with the world through news releases, blog and social media posts, and videos. He is a University of Texas graduate who hails from Minnesota. Brent is married and has two stepsons. He enjoys photography, golf, travel, volunteering and woodworking projects, and he is a private pilot. 

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