April 30: Better Disease Protections for First Responders

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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.