The Senate has given final approval to its version of legislation designed to cut the red tape to make it easier for healthcare professionals from other states to be deployed in Missouri in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, House Bill 579 protects these professionals from civil liability resulting from the performance of their duties related to the delivery of emergency healthcare.
Senator Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), the Senate sponsor of the legislation, says the bill would also allow those who are not pharmacists but who have some level of healthcare training to dispense medication in the event of a pandemic. Shields says this is similar to what other states are doing, pointing out healthcare workers would be the first ones affected by any widespread pandemic.
He says that while we hope this does not happen, Missouri must be prepared by making sure there are enough people who can distribute much needed medications in times of emergency.
A conference committee will have to iron out the difference between the Senate and House versions before the legislation can be sent to the Governor.