This week, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced the “Health Care Safety Net and Enhancement Act” (S. 527) as a companion to the House bill (H.R. 548) sponsored by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA). The legislation addresses the growing crisis in access to emergency care by providing emergency and on-call physicians who perform EMTALA-related services with temporary protections under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Senator Blunt had previously introduced similar legislation. For his support of emergency medicine, ACEP supported Senator Blunt in his re-election bid last year. Representatives from MOCEP and ACEP will be discussing this legislation when they visit members of the House and Senate at LAC later this month.