A representative from the federal Department of Health and Human Services requested information regarding issues about liability protections and license reciprocity for health care providers responding to emergencies across state lines. Provisions of the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (UEVHPA) (drafted in part by Western Region Director James G. Hodge, Jr.) offer a partial solution to these legal challenges. However, only 11 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have adopted UEVHPA. Via teleconference, Western Region attorneys provided the contact with background and additional information as to states’ continued implementation and passage of UEVHPA. They also provided information about multiple, existing legal provisions providing specific liability protections and licensure reciprocity across state lines that facilitate the deployment and use of out-of-state health personnel in declared emergencies.
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