April 30: Better Disease Protections for First Responders


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.