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Substitute House Bill No. 5452

Public Act No. 10-23

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF VOLUNTEER HEALTH CARE SERVICES ON A TEMPORARY BASIS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2010) No provision of title 19a or 20 of the general statutes shall be construed to prohibit an out-of-state health care practitioner who holds a current unrestricted health care practitioner license or certificate issued in another state, territory of the United States or the District of Columbia from providing uncompensated health care services in this state in association with: (1) A free clinic or other similar charitable medical event that provides health care services to persons at no cost; or (2) the Special Olympics or any other similar athletic competition held in the state that attracts a large number of out-of-state participants, provided the out-of-state health care practitioner: (A) Does not represent himself or herself to be a Connecticut licensed or certified health care practitioner; (B) only provides health care services to patients seeking health care services at a charitable medical event or athletes participating in the Special Olympics or other similar athletic competition; (C) only provides health care services authorized pursuant to state law while under the supervision of a Connecticut licensed or certified health care practitioner within the same professional licensure or certification category; and (D) maintains professional liability insurance or other indemnity against liability for professional malpractice either personally or through the sponsoring organization in an amount that is equal to or greater than that required for similarly licensed or certified Connecticut practitioners. Any organization conducting a free clinic, charitable medical event or athletic competition shall be responsible for ensuring that an out-of-state health care practitioner participating in such event fully complies with the requirements of this section.

Approved May 5, 2010