House Committee Considers Emergency Preparedness

House Committee Considers Emergency Preparedness


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On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee marked-up its latest draft to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). Development of the bill has been led by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA). The amended bill was approved by voice vote and we expect the full Energy and Commerce Committee to consider the legislation next month. While the bill does emphasize regionalization of emergency services, ACEP continues to work with lawmakers to ensure two other ACEP priorities – allowing military trauma teams to provide services at civilian trauma centers and providing liability protections for Good Samaritans who volunteer during a federally-declared disaster – are included in the bill before it is presented to the full House for a vote.

To view the subcommittee mark-up, go to:
https://energycommerce.house.gov/markups/subcommittee-vote-on-h-r-__-pandemic-and-all-hazards-preparedness-reauthorization-act-of-2018-h-r-959-h-r-1676-h-r-3728-and-h-r-5385/