Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act
U.S. Congress. (2019). Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAIA).
This webpage gives the text of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019. Section 208 of the PAHPAIA clarifies the liability protections for volunteer health professionals under the Medical Reserve Corps and the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP). It clarifies liability protections for a volunteer health professional responding to a public health emergency or a major disaster or emergency as declared by the President under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. A volunteer health professional is covered by that state where the emergency occurs, if the volunteer health professional is: (1) Acting within the scope of the license, registration, or certification of the volunteer health care provider, as defined by the state of licensure, registration, or certification; (2) Not exceeding the scope of license, registration, or certification of a substantially similar health professional in the state in which such act or omission occurs; and (3) Acting as a member of the Medical Reserve Corps or a professional included in the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals. The Act is summarized here: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/06/25/new-law-strengthens-us-efforts-prepare-respond-and-recover-disasters.html.