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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 9, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Tennessee, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Resource website

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Limits on Liability for Healthcare Providers

The state of emergency declared by the Governor of Tennessee has triggered certain protections for healthcare workers in the state. Further, the state’s previously existing Good Samaritan Law may act to limit the liability exposure faced by heath care providers responding to crises such as COVID-19. More information on these laws can be found below.

Emergency Powers of the Governor Relating to Liability for Healthcare Workers

Under this law, if the Governor of Tennessee declares an emergency in response to a catastrophic or major disaster (as has occurred in response to the COVID-19 crisis), voluntary health care providers, including hospitals and community mental health care centers, participating in the Emergency Management Assistance Compact or Southern Regional Emergency Management Assistance Compact are immune from liability in providing health care to victims, as long as the services are provided within the limits of the provider’s license, certification, or authorization, unless an act or omission was the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct; if additional medical resources are required, the Governor, by executive order, may provide limited liability protection to health care providers, including hospitals and community mental health care centers, etc., who render services within the limits of their license, certification, or authorization to victims of such emergencies, provided that this protection may not include any act or omission caused by gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Good Samaritan Law

Under this law, any licensed health care provider or any member of a volunteer first aid, rescue, or emergency squad that provides emergency public first aid and rescue services, who, in good faith, renders or participates in rendering emergency services during a medical emergency, in route to and while at a medical facility, or at a public event, shall not be liable to victims or persons receiving emergency care for any civil damages as a result of an act or omission by such person, or as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care, except for such damages as may result from the gross negligence of the person rendering such emergency care; a receiving medical facility shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission of any member of a volunteer first aid, rescue, or emergency squad that provides emergency public first aid and rescue services while such person is assisting medical personnel at the receiving facility.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor & Tennessee Legislature

Dates Available

Effective immediately.

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List of Additional Information

Please click here to read the Good Samaritan Law and here for more information on the emergency management powers of the Governor. Please click here to read a summary of these laws.


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