By: Anne Morris, MPH
Senator Thune (R-SD) and Senator Casey (D-PA) have introduced a Senate companion to Representative Murphy and Representative Green’s H.R. 1629. S. 1059, the Family Health Care Accessibility Act of 2011 – like H.R. 1629 – would extend Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) medical malpractice coverage to health professional volunteers at 330-funded health centers.
We are very encouraged that for the first time there is standalone legislation in the Senate, and applaud the leadership of Senators Thune and Casey on this important issue for health centers.
S. 1059 currently has nine additional co-sponsors. Please be sure to thank your Senator if he or she is among those who have already conveyed support for this bill.