US SB3630 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on May 6 2020 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2020-05-06 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Pending: Senate Judiciary Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Provides immunity from civil liability to health care providers for certain actions taken during the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) public health emergency and lengthens the terms of certain medical patents related to the treatment of COVID-19. Specifically, when testing for or treating COVID-19 during the public health emergency, a health care provider may not be held liable in any federal, state, or local civil proceeding for (1) using or modifying a medical device for an unapproved use or indication; (2) practicing without a license or outside of an area of specialty, if instructed to do so by an individual with such a license or within such an area of speciality; or (3) conducting the testing of, or providing treatment to, a patient outside of the premises of standard health care facilities. Additionally, certain medical patents that are issued with respect to the treatment of COVID-19 are deemed not to begin until the termination of the presidential emergency declaration relating to COVID-19 and are extended for an additional 10 years.

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Facilitating Innovation to Fight Coronavirus Act


Sen. Ben Sasse [R-NE]


2020-05-06SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


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