Rep. Pat Ownbey’s bill to expand liability immunity for volunteer medical professionals to cover a wider range of professionals passed the House this week.


Rep. Pat Ownbey’s bill to expand liability immunity for volunteer medical professionals to cover a wider range of professionals passed the House this week.


House Bill 1678, which passed 95-6, expands the Volunteer Medical Professional Services Immunity Act to cover 29 additional health care professionals including chiropractors, veterinarians, emergency medical technicians, psychologists and licensed social workers.


“This legislation will ensure that all health care professionals will be protected from frivolous lawsuits for services they are performing for free and out of the goodness of their hearts,” Ownbey, R-Ardmore said. “The original Volunteer Medical Professional Services Immunity Act covered physicians, dentists and several other health professionals. I believe that it needed to be expanded to protect more health care professionals from frivolous lawsuits.”


House Bill 1678 was Ownbey’s first measure to be passed by the full House. The bill will now proceed to the Senate.


“I am pleased to see the bill receive overwhelming support,” Ownbey said.


“There are so many medical professionals out there who are donating their time and making sure even those who do not have the means to pay for services still receive them. This legislation means that we recognize their selfless service and reward it.”