New proposed legislation would give emergency workers access to information about potential disease exposure from coming into contact with other peoples’ bodily fluids. The Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act will:
- Enable emergency workers and Good Samaritans to get a court order requiring individuals to give a bodily fluid sample, if one isn’t given voluntarily.
- Protect privacy by assuring information is shared in confidence only.
- Set penalties for non-compliance with testing orders and privacy provisions.
- Establish a presumption of disease exposure for first responders seeking workers’ comp benefits.