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April 2008

The final version of the “Uniform Emergency Volunteer Healthcare Practitioners Act” was completed last fall, although earlier versions have already been passed in three states. It has been introduced in at least six states this year and a coalition of professional organizations is pushing it across the country.

Twelve attorneys at the Uniform Law Commission drafted this model law, working with about 21 national “observer” organizations who participated in the discussions, including the American Red Cross, the American Medical Association and the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Information on the model law, including extensive discussion of its provisions, is at www.uevhpa.org and at www.nccusl.org.

The site http://nciph.sph.unc.edu/law provides information on the Good Samaritan liability initiatives.