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  • Ten National EMS Organizations, Including NASEMSO, Strongly Support S.3756: Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2010 (09/21/20) Ten national EMS organization, including NASEMSO, sent a letter to Senator John D. Rockefeller, Chairman, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, in support of his work in the area of public safety communications. The group strongly endorses S.3756: Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2010, stating: "The universal availability of secure, reliable, priority access and public safety grade broadband communications is critical to the advancement of emergency medical care for patients in the United States. The best way to assure this availability is to allocate the 700 MHz D block to public safety for use in conjunction with the 700 MHz broadband spectrum licensed to the national public safety broadband license holder, to fund network development, and to coordinate both sets of spectrum through that license holder and its public safety representative board." Download letter here.
  • NASEMSO Joins EMS Associations in Support of Allocation of 700MHzD to Public Safety (07/16/10)
  • NASEMSO Supports Increasing EMSC funding to $26.250 million for FY2011 (04/20/10) NASEMSO has signed onto a letter from the American Academy of Pediatricians requesting increased funding for EMSC. Last year, more than 40 organizations signed on to a letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs in support of increasing funding for the Emergency Medical Services for Children program to $25 million. For FY11, we increased our request to $26.250 million, as authorized under the Wakefield Act, which was recently enacted as part of health care reform legislation.
  • NASEMSO Supports CDC Coalition Position Urging Congress to Support Funding for CDC Programs (03/16/10) The members of the CDC Coalition sent the letter to leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, and to leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS and Education, expressing strong support for funding to provide at least $8.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's FY 2011 “core programs” as Congress moves forward with its work on the FY 2011 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. The request reflects the support CDC will need to fulfill its core missions for fiscal year 2011. The CDC Coalition strongly believes that the activities and programs supported by CDC are essential to protect the health of the American people.
  • NASEMSO Supports Safety Coalition Position Urging Congress to Help Cut Highway Deaths (03/12/10) The State Highway Safety Alliance and the International Association of Chiefs of Police have joined forces to call for an aggressive plan to prevent hundreds of thousands of highway fatalities over the next twenty years through the upcoming surface transportation authorization bill.
         "It's only through the combined efforts of all highway safety partners that we will be able to make significant strides in reducing the deaths we see every year," said Larry L. "Butch" Brown, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. "Establishing a national strategy for cutting highway deaths in half over the next two decades and increasing funding for state highway safety programs is our common goal," Brown said.
         In a letter sent on Thursday to key House and Senate committees, the coalition - which is made up of organizations from the areas of highway construction and safety, public health, and law enforcement - called for greater funding of state highway safety programs, long-term strategic planning, and research.
         Governors Highway Safety Association Chairman and Director of the Maryland Highway Safety Office, Vernon F. Betkey, said, "We know that highway deaths are preventable, and with increased attention and funding, thousands of families who lose loved ones each year in crashes can be spared this emotional and financial hardship."
         According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an estimated 33,963 people were killed on U.S. highways in 2009; the lowest number of deaths since 1954. The coalition has set a goal of pushing the number of annual traffic deaths to below 20,000 by the year 2030.
         Steve Blessing, President of the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials, said, "We urge Congress to reauthorize federal highway safety programs that motivate states to significantly reduce highway deaths and injuries through innovative and effective highway safety strategies."
         The coalition has adopted the following authorization principles:
    • A national highway safety goal of halving fatalities by 2030 with state targets that support the national goal;
    • Increased safety funding to enable states to reach that goal;
    • Streamlined program administration and enhanced flexibility to focus federal resources where they are most needed;
    • A strengthened strategic highway safety planning process to ensure that states reach their targets;
    • Enhanced data collection and analysis so that problems can be identified and progress tracked;
    • Increased investment in safety research and development so that states can implement evidence-based programs;
    • Better preparation of the highway safety workforce in order to develop a cadre of safety professionals; and
    • Incentives which will encourage states to improve, as opposed to more sanctions.
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motor vehicle agencies are determined to reduce the number of highway deaths by the year 2030," said Neil Schuster, president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. "And with Congress and highway safety partners working together, we can make this happen."
         State Highway Safety Alliance members are the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials.
         "We are making great progress in improving safety and reducing deaths on our highways. To continue this trend will take increased investments and sharing of best practices. The State Highway Safety Alliance is a great example of how collaboration helps us make progress in moving towards zero deaths," said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA's interim executive director.
         The Alliance is comprised of the three major recipients of the United States Department of Transportation grants as well as other state-based safety stakeholders. The Alliance represents state agencies with roles in improving highway safety through infrastructure, driver behavior, licensing, incident response, and enforcement approaches. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, while not a member of the alliance, shares its goals, concerns, and priorities with respect to these recommendations for the Surface Transportation Authorization.
     
    • A national highway safety goal of halving fatalities by 2030 with state targets that support the national goal.
    • Increased safety funding to enable states to reach that goal.
    • Streamlined program administration and enhanced flexibility to focus federal resources where they are most needed.
    • A strengthened strategic highway safety planning process to ensure that states reach their targets.
    • Enhanced data collection and analysis so that problems can be identified and progress tracked.
    • Increased investment in safety research and development so that states can implement evidence-based programs .
    • Better preparation of the highway safety workforce in order to develop a cadre of safety professionals.
    • Incentives which will encourage states to improve as opposed to more sanctions.
        
  • NASEMSO Supports Passage of H.R. 2024, "Commercial Motor Vehicle Advanced Safety Technology Tax Act of 2009" (15 Feb 2010) NASEMSO joins the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in support of H.R. 2024, "Commercial Motor Vehicle Advanced Safety Technology Tax Act of 2009," which would provide tax incentives for installation of available technology to prevent or mitigate what a 2006 NHTSA/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study found were the leading causes of crashes involving large trucks. The device types that would qualify the trucking firms for tax breaks align with the study findings and prevent crashes related to brake failures, lane departure, rollovers, and colliding with cars in front of them. NASEMSO’s interest is in safer trucks, fewer crashes, and more widespread market availability and affordability of such devices so that they become mainstream considerations for ambulances and heavy emergency response vehicles.
     
  • NASEMSO Endorses American Heart Association Policy Statement on Regional Systems of Care for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (01/14/10) NASEMSO has endorsed the policy statement of the American Heart Association (AHA), entitled "Regional Systems of Care for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association," by Graham Nichol, et. al., published in Circulation, the online Journal of the AHA, on Jan. 14, 2010. As noted in the abstract, "This statement describes the rationale for regional systems of care for patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest and the preliminary recommended elements of such systems. Many more people could potentially survive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest if regional systems of cardiac resuscitation were established. A national process is necessary to develop and implement evidence-based guidelines for such systems that must include standards for the categorization, verification, and designation of components of such systems. The time to do so is now."
     
  • NASEMSO Letter to AEMS Regarding CAH/ S.1157 (01/11/10) In its letter, NASEMSO requests that Advocates for EMS add to its 2010 priorities an issue of concern to state EMS officials. We support the language changes contained in S.1157 that would eliminate the existing ownership requirement, “isolation test” (35 mile rule) for CAH-based ambulance services, and would also allow Critical Access Hospitals to do "under arrangement" cost based billing for all the services that deliver patients to them. The language in S.1157 addresses all of these issues and is supported by the National Rural Health Association, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, the National EMS Management Association, and the American Ambulance Association as well.
  • Letter from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS) (12/17/09) NASEMSO signed onto the Dec. 17, 2009 letter from ITS America to President Barack Obama, applauding his proposal to accelerate job creation and economic recovery through the modernization of our nation’s transportation and communications infrastructure. "As you work with Congress to draft a jobs bill," states the letter, "we urge you to invest in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and operational improvements that will expand green jobs, small businesses and the smart-tech industry while also saving lives, time and money by preventing traffic accidents, improving emergency response, reducing congestion, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, improving transportation system performance, and creating more livable, sustainable communities." press release
  • Letter from the Coalition for Health Funding (09/15/09) NASEMSO signed onto the letter from the Coalition for Health Funding urging Congress, during House-Senate conference deliberations on the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill (H.R. 3293), to provide the highest possible funding level for health programs. The letter states, "The importance of discretionary health programs and activities has never been more important as it is now with unemployment continuing to rise, the numbers of uninsured Americans increasing and the overall health of the U.S. population declining. Complicating this confluence of challenging factors is the return this fall of swine flu. Discretionary health programs are the only health safety net for millions who have lost their jobs, or their health insurance, and the first line of defense for everyone in protecting against H1N1 influenza. They also fund the nation’s primary investment in biomedical, behavioral and health services research as well as other activities directed at preventing and mitigating disease and disability. These programs should be funded at the highest level provided in either the House, or Senate, version of the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill." PDF showing signators as of Sept. 15, 2009
     
  • Letter to Senator Enzi Regarding Transition of Veterans into Civilian EMS (09/14/09) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Official (NASEMSO) Executive Committee on Aug. 13, 2009, adopted a position to support efforts made in attempting to address the issue of veterans’ transition to civil life, while assisting local communities with the shortage of emergency medical technicians. NASESMO has worked closely in the past with Senator Klobuchar in addressing this issue, and through that same concern, worked closely with Representative Harman (along with Advocates for EMS) to fully support and endorse language in H.R. 3200 establishing a program similar to that introduced in S. 1154. NASEMSO would like to offer its assistance in ensuring that the language contained in S.1154 benefits our veterans and provides State EMS offices with the ability and funding to expedite the transition of veterans.
  • Letter from Coalition for American Trauma Care Advisory Council Organizations (07/27/09) NASEMSO signed on to the Coalition for American Trauma Care Advisory Council Organizations' letter sent to House and Senate principal appropriators regarding increased funding for the Children's EMSC program.
    Letter to The Honorable David Obey, Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies
    Letter to The Honorable Tom Harkin, Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies
     
  • NASEMSO Seeks FEMA Assistance with Disaster Response Concerns (07/27/09) NASEMSO Domestic Preparedness Chair Joe Schmider (PA) and Policy Advisor Leslee Stein-Spencer met with FEMA Preparedness and Disaster Operations officials last week. They requested help with problems arising from simultaneous activation of EMAC and the national ambulance contract including lack of coordination, dual processes needed for incoming units, differing payment processes and amounts, and need for sending state to know when resources have been deployed from their state.
  • Report with Information from Rep. Jane Harman on Assisting Veterans with Military Emergency Training to Become State Licensed or Certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) (07/27/09) Letter describes language that is is being developed by Representative Jane Harman and supported by the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO).
     
  • Letter from the Working Group on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (06/02/09) NASEMSO signed onto this letter that was sent to House and Senate appropriators on behalf of members of the Working Group on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness.
     
  • Letters from the CDC Coalition to the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, urging that they provide at least $8.6 billion for CDC’s FY 2010 “core programs” as they move forward with their work on the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. This request does not include the mandatory funding provided for the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). The request reflects the support CDC will need to fulfill its core missions for fiscal year 2010 and is the same request submitted in a letter signed by 38 members of Congress. The CDC Coalition, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 100 organizations, strongly believes that the activities and programs supported by CDC are essential to protect the health of the American people. (04/13/09)
  • Letter from Coalition for American Trauma Care Advisory Council Organizations and HRSA Stakeholders, to the entire U.S. Congress on Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2009. The letter urges a $7.4 billion increase in FY 2010 for health discretionary programs.  There are a number of Trauma-EMS programs that would benefit from such an increase. The House and Senate Budget Committees have marked up their respective Budget Resolutions. The House provided a modest 3.6% increase for health discretionary programs, but a 9.3% increase for all non-defense discretionary programs. This larger increase for all discretionary spending provides some significant wiggle room for health programs as the F. 550 number is suggested, and not necessarily what the Appropriations Committees will provide in the end. The Senate numbers are still pending.
     
  • Letter from Advocates for EMS, supporting extension of the U.S. Congress-established Public Safety Officer Benefit Program survivor benefits to the families/survivors of those nongovernmental emergency medical services providers who die in the line of duty.
     
  • Letter from Trust for America's Health, asking the U.S. Senate to support the wellness and prevention funding provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and to help fight off any potential amendments to strike all or part of those provisions on the Senate floor. The letter notes that the USA "needs a healthy and productive population to meet the challenges of the future, and rebound from these difficult times. An investment in public health will put us on a preferred path of prevention and wellness. Moreover, the evaluation and accountability components in the this bill will allow for an assessment of progress toward improving health so that best practices can be disseminated, lessons can be learned, and successful interventions can be replicated. This will help guide future efforts which will enable the implementation of the most effective programs to improve health and reduce health care costs. To stimulate job creation in the health field and fully capitalize on the opportunity to promote health, we ask that you include the full $5.8 billion in the final version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."
  • Letter from the Trauma Coalition, asking the U.S. Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to support funding for Title XII of the Public Health Service Act, trauma care system planning and development, at the authorized level of $10 million in the pending FY 2009 omnibus appropriations package. Administered by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and authorized through FY 2012, the Trauma-EMS Program has distributed approximately $31 million since 1992 to every state and territory to develop and implement trauma care systems.
     
  • Letter from Trust for America's Health, supporting the passage of House Resolution 1381, which urged an increased Federal commitment to prioritizing prevention and public health. NASEMSO joined 108 co-sponsors of the measure. HR 1381 passed Sept. 23, 2008.
     
  • Letters from the Trauma Coalition, asking the U.S. House Labor, Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to support funding for Title XII of the Public Health Service Act, trauma care system planning and development, at the authorized level of $10 million in the Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations legislation. Administered by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and authorized through FY 2012, the Trauma-EMS Program has distributed approximately $31 million since 1992 to every state and territory to develop and implement trauma care systems. (08/13/08)
  • "Protecting Americans for the 21st Century: Imperatives for the Homeland," a white paper by the National Homeland Security Consortium." NASEMSO is a member of the consortium, which has established as its mission "to provide a forum of key national organizations through effective communication, collaboration, and coordination that positively promotes national policies, strategies, practices and guidelines to preserve the public health, safety and security of the nation."
  • Letter from the Trauma Coalition, asking the U.S. House Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to support funding for Title XII of the Public Health Service Act, trauma care system planning and development, at the authorized level of $10 million in the Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations legislation. Administered by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and authorized through FY 2012, the Trauma-EMS Program has distributed approximately $31 million since 1992 to every state and territory to develop and implement trauma care systems. (05/21/08)
     
  • Letter from the Coalition for American Trauma Care, asking the U.S. House Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations to provide $20 million funding in FY 2009 for a national trauma research program at the National Trauma Institute (NTI). (05/20/08)
     
  • Letters from the Coalition for American Trauma Care Advisory Council Organizations, to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor-HHS supporting increased FY 2009 appropriations for the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act programs. (May 2008)
  • White Paper developed by the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council (ERC), supporting radio practices that minimize or eliminate coded substitutions for English, identifying the institution of “plain language and common terminology” as an important step to addressing public safety communications interoperability. The NASEMSO Executive Committee voted to support this white paper on Mar. 13, 2008.
  • Letters from the Friends of EMSC to the authorizing committees in support of marking up HR 2464/S. 60 and to the appropriators in support of $25 million for the program in Fiscal Year 2009. H.R. 2464 and S. 60, the Wakefield Act, is a bill to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program.
    • Letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, U.S. House of Representatives.
    • Letter to Rep. John D. Dingell, Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives.
    • Letter to Sen. Mike Enzi, Ranking Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, U.S. Senate.
    • Letter to Sen. Edward Kennedy, Chairman, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, U.S. Senate.
    • Letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies, U.S. Senate.
    • Letter to Rep. David Obey, Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencie, U.S. House of Representatives.
    • Letter to Sen. Arlen Specter, Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies, U.S. Senate.
    • Letter to Rep. Jim Walsh, Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies, U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Letter from the Coalition for Health Funding to Members of Congress, supporting an increase in funding for all aspects of public health included in the Function 550/discretionary budget allocation in Fiscal Year 2009 by an amount that will: (1) restore funding to public health programs cut in FY 2006; (2) restore lost purchasing power that flat-funding for at least five years has eroded; and (3) provide investments that begin to truly meet health challenges facing the nation. It is estimated that an additional $5.3 billion will be needed in FY 2009 to meet this goal. NASEMSO is one of 442 organizations that signed on to this letter. It is estimated that an additional $5.3 billion will be needed in FY 2009 to meet this goal. Download Feb. 19, 2008 letter to Members of Congress.