Uniform interstate act to grant volunteer health workers quick interstate recognition and protection and ensure surge capacity during emergencies
In response to interstate licensing issues and the need for surge capacity for immediate emergency assistance that surfaced in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, uniform standards are required to efficiently incorporate the full resources of our medical system, especially volunteer health care personnel, to foster much-needed services in the event of another disaster. The purpose of this project is to draft a Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Care Services Act that will remove roadblocks to interstate recognition of volunteer health care professionals during emergencies. This Act will serve as a template for states interested in changing their laws to provide greater surge capacity for out-of-state volunteer health care professionals in the event of an emergency. The primary deliverable for this project is a Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Care Services Act. A secondary deliverable is a Web-based legislative tracking system that measures the number of states introducing and enacting the Act.
Amount Awarded $100,195.00
Awarded on: 6/5/2006
Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 10/31/2007
Grant Number: 57186