State Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) announces that after two years of work, the adrenal insufficiency bill, known as “Bailey’s bill,” was signed into law on May 15. The legislation will allow first responders to administer complex prescription medicines to people with rare diseases in an emergency situation.

Representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter is the chief author of the house bill

Sen. Frentz has been working on this legislation since 2017 (SF1023), after a local Courtland family, the Johnsons, approached lawmakers to allow emergency responders to treat their 9-year-old daughter for congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Currently, responders can only administer simple medicine such as EpiPen, with doctors administering more complex medicine because of legal liability issues.

This legislation directs the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board to propose guidelines to authorize ambulance service personnel to help patients administer medications in emergencies. It is intended to treat a specific, life-threatening condition, and to be administered in a manner that is within the ambulance service personnel’s scope of training.

“I am grateful we were able to shepherd this legislation through the committee process, work with the stakeholders to address concerns, and see this important bill become law,” Sen. Nick Frentz said. “No parent or child should have to worry that they are unable to receive life-saving medication by a trained emergency personnel. Today, it is signed into law and I’m happy for the families this bill will help.”