House of Representatives
Office of Program Research
Health Care & Wellness Committee
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Brief Description: Requiring free infectious disease testing for good samaritans.
Sponsors: Representatives Robinson, Jinkins, Morrell, Freeman and Santos.
Hearing Date: 2/3/14
Staff: Alexa Silver (786-7190).
A Good Samaritan is a person who renders emergency care or transportation without expectation of compensation. A Good Samaritans is entitled to request and receive appropriate infectious disease testing free of charge from the local health department in the county of his or her residence if:
while rendering emergency care, he or she came into contact with bodily fluids; and
he or she does not have health insurance that covers the testing.
A local health department is not required to provide health care services beyond testing. The information obtained from the testing is subject to statutory confidentiality provisions.
By rule, to receive free testing there must have been an exchange of bodily fluids that significantly increases the odds of being exposed to a deadly infectious disease, and the Good Samaritan must have requested the testing within 30 days. The local health department determines the diseases for which it is appropriate to test the Good Samaritan.
Summary of Bill:
A local health department must provide free infectious disease testing to a Good Samaritan regardless of whether he or she has health insurance covering the testing. In addition, the local health department must provide free testing of the source patient, with his or her consent, to guide post-exposure prophylaxis treatment of the Good Samaritan.
Fiscal Note: Requested on January 27, 2014.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.