National EMS Legislation

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is proud to provide all EMS professionals with direct access to Capital Hill through its legislative online services - www.naemt.org/advocacy/online-legislative-service

The site is designed to help you advocate for the passage of current federal legislation in support of EMS. There are many great features on this site, and we encourage you to become familiar with the tools and resources.

FIELD EMS BILL RE-INTRODUCED

5/22/15

The US House, Field EMS Modernization and Innovation Act (H.R. 2366) has been re-introduced in the US House of Representatives. Congress works on a two year cycle and H.R. 2366 was known as the Field EMS Bill in the previous congressional term.

The big change in this version of the legislation is that it sets up a process for CMS to start funding Community Paramedic functions, pay for treatment-no-transport (such as diabetics who are treated and left at home), and pay for transportation services to destinations other than hospital emergency departments.

Therefore, the Field EMS Bill would modernize our nation's EMS System as an innovative, patient-centered and efficient 21st century system that underscores value as the cornerstone for improving the quality and outcomes of patient care, and lowering healthcare costs. As the first bill to seriously look at Field EMS issues since the 1960s, the act would improve access to essential and life-saving EMS services and better integrate Field EMS within the larger healthcare system.

The legislation outline/summary can be found at the Field EMS Bill web page, which is part of the NAEMT web site. The actual legislation is available there.

The list of state and national EMS groups endorsing the legislation is already growing with KEMSA already stepping forward. We will take several steps in Kansas to help move this legislation in the process, but we also need your help.

  1. Step One - Use the online legislative letter campaign available here to send e-mails to your member of Congress to encourage them to serve as a co-sponsor (and please recruit some friends to also send e-mails). The process only takes a few minutes.
  2. Step Two - Send letters from various ambulance services. Download a sample letter here that you can consider sending from your agency. Please only send letters to members of the House of Representatives and not our US Senators at this time. Download addresses for members of the House of Representatives here (or see list below).
  3. Step Three - Once a good number of e-mails and letters have been sent, some EMS professionals will approach the staff of the congressional members in order to answer any questions they may have and make a formal "ask" for them to serve as a co-sponsor.

We think with the addition of the critical funding issues to the legislation that 2015 and 2016 will be a year of serious growth in the support of this legislation in congress.

Veterans Transitioning into Civilian EMS Jobs

We need just a few minutes of your time to help push forward federal legislation that helps get our veterans into EMS jobs. This is a non-controversial bill that helps push along the inclusion of Veterans with EMS training back into the civilian world.

We are seeking to specifically encourage Senator Moran and Congresswoman Jenkins to become official Co-Sponsors of this legislation. Please take 2 minutes and send them an e-mail, and if you have already done so, please do it again (once a month is considered reasonable). How about a friend or co-worker??

How to send a message to your members of Congress:
Go to this link http://www.naemt.org/advocacy/online-legislative-service#
Or go to "Support the Veterans Emergency Medical Technicians Support Act of 2015" on the NAEMT website.

If you hit the button to "Contact Congress" it sends an automatic set of e-mails to your US Senators and your Member of Congress. If is very user-friendly, and ANYONE CAN USE THIS ON-LINE PROCESS.

Background on the legislation can be found here.

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US Representatives Legislative Contacts:

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins
1027 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6601
Fax: (202) 225-7986

Congressman Tim Huelskamp
129 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-2715
fax: (202) 225-5124

Congressman Kevin Yoder
215 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2865
Fax: (913) 621-1533

Congressman Mike Pompeo
107 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6216
Fax: (202) 225-3489

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