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  • NASEMSO and Other Members of the Injury and Violence Prevention Network Ask Senate Leaders to Support Funding for Both Opioid Overdose Treatment and Prevention Efforts (Dec. 19, 2017) In recent letters to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, 24 member organizations of the Injury and Violence Prevention Network, including NASEMSO, asked that Congress support a comprehensive response to the nationwide opioid overdose epidemic by allocating funds for both opioid overdose treatment and prevention efforts. While the 21st Century Cures Act provided an initial down payment of $500 million in FY 2017 and FY 2018 for opioid treatment and prevention efforts, none of the funds were appropriated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation’s lead federal agency for public health and prevention efforts. The opioid overdose epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats in our nation’s history as it claims the lives of more than 90 Americans every day. The economic burden of this epidemic stands at more than $504 billion, an estimate calculated by the Council of Economic Advisers based on 2015 data. This alarming loss of life and economic benefit to society must be addressed using evidence-based approaches that expand access and utilization of both treatment and prevention strategies. One strategy alone will not suffice to arrest this epidemic. Download: letter to Senate leaders and letter to Senate appropriations subcommittee leaders.
  • NASEMSO Signs on to Letter with Other Stakeholders Asking Congress to Approve Emergency Funding for Critical Needs in Hurricane-Impacted Areas (23 Oct 2017) NASEMSO and 68 other stakeholder organizations co-signed a letter to Congressional leaders, urging Congress to provide emergency supplemental funding for critical public health, healthcare, and behavioral health services to address the ongoing crises in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and other states impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Emergency supplemental funds are needed and will be utilized to enhance and sustain current state, territorial, local, and community response and recovery efforts in collaboration with federal partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other relevant agencies at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public health officials are working tirelessly to provide necessary disease prevention and health promotion services to protect the health of all those affected by recent natural disasters, especially our most vulnerable citizens including children, older adults, and individuals with underlying medical conditions or special needs. However, the needs of these communities are great and without federal support to address the ongoing public health issues we fear the consequences to the American public will be grave. Emergency funding is needed to effectively address the following concerns: infectious disease, environmental health, special populations, and access to mental health services. Download Oct. 23, 2017, letter to Congressional leaders.
  • NASEMSO Joins Other Stakeholders to Support President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (06 Sept 2017) As leaders of national organizations dedicated to fighting the opioid overdose epidemic, NASEMSO and 25 other stakeholders signed onto a letter thanking Governor Chris Christie for his continued leadership of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The letter shared thoughts on how the Interim Report, and the recommendations within, can be further improved. These recommendations include addressing stigma, providing adequate funding, strengthening primary prevention efforts, expanding prescriber education, and ensuring access to medication-assisted treatment. Prescription drug misuse and overdose is a complex problem which requires a comprehensive, multifaceted solution, which the commission has recognized. Measures for which the stakeholders expressed their support include: increased education on effective pain treatment and the risks of opioid use for providers and the public, including mandatory prescriber education and prescribing guidelines; effective prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), including interoperability between states, integration into clinical workflow and medical records, and timely collection of data; expanded access to naloxone, including allowing for third-party prescribing and standing orders; reduced barriers to treatment of opioid use disorder by increasing availability and affordability, including medication assisted treatment (MAT); enforcing substance use disorder and mental health parity laws and regulations; better coordinated care for individuals suffering from substance use disorders by decreasing the administrative burdens hindering information-sharing between providers; and adequate funding of prescription drug overdose efforts at the federal and state levels. Download coalition letter.
  • NASEMSO Signs on to Informal Coalition on Biodefense and Public Health Preparedness Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding Appropriations (12 June 2017) NASEMSO signed on to a letter sent June 12 to Congressional leaders by an informal coalition on biodefense and public health preparedness. The 22 organizations wrote in support of funding for programs critical to the nation’s preparedness against threats both naturally-occurring – like Ebola and pandemic influenza – and deliberate, such as a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) attack. The letter expressed strong support for robust funding for the following programs, which are key to the nation’s health security, in any final version of the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill: CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grants; CDC's Strategic National Stockpile; ASPR's Hospital Preparedness Program; ASPR's Project BioShield Special Reserve Fund; ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority; and ASPR’s Pandemic Influenza Program. Download coalition letter.
  • NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders, Including Pediatricians, EMS Providers and Children’s Advocates, Oppose Proposal to Eliminate Emergency Medical Services for Children Program (24 May 2017) NASEMSO joined 10 organizations in issuing a joint press release on EMS for Children Day, opposing the Adminstration's proposal to eliminate funding in FY 2018 for the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program. EMSC has been the only federal program dedicated to improving emergency medical care for children. EMS for Children Day celebrates the success of the EMSC program, which has made the nation's hospitals more prepared to care for children by having the right equipment, medications and systems in place to provide the most appropriate care possible. Download press release.
  • NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders Express Support for KITS Act of 2017 (23 May 2017) NASEMSO joined 19 organizations in contacting House and Senate leaders to express support for the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (KITS) Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that will make airplanes safer for children. This important legislation would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to update the emergency medical kits (EMKs) on airplanes to ensure that they contain appropriate medication and equipment to meet the emergency medical needs of children. Not since 1998 has Congress required FAA to update the contents of the EMKs. The current contents of the EMKs onboard commercial airplanes are outdated and do not contain appropriate medications and devices for treating children. Download letters: Senate | House
  • NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders Request Increase in Allocation for Labor/HHS in Appropriations Bill (08 May 2017) NASEMSO joined almost 800 undersigned organizations — representing the full range of stakeholders supporting the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill (Labor-HHS) — in contacting the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees, urging them to increase the fiscal year (FY) 2018 302(b) subcommittee allocation for these programs and services. The activities administered by the departments and agencies under Labor-HHS’s jurisdiction serve a broad range of constituencies and needs, but they all share a common, fundamental goal of strengthening this nation by improving Americans’ lives. The federal government must invest sufficient funding to meet that goal. Download letter.
  • NASEMSO Responds to OSHA RFI on Workplace Violence Toward Healthcare and Social Service Workers (06 Apr 2017) The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a request for information (RFI) related to information and data to support commencing with rulemaking proceedings on a standard aimed at preventing workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance perpetrated by patients or clients, including emergency medical care personnel. In summary, NASEMSO shares OSHA’s belief that management commitment and worker participation are essential elements of an effective violence prevention program. The association supports federal efforts to reduce preventable injury, illness, and death among emergency responders, and encourages OSHA to proceed with rulemaking in regards to workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance sectors. Should OSHA proceed with the rulemaking process, NASEMSO would be honored to help serve the agency in this manner.
  • NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders Request Funding for EMSC Program (23 Mar 2017) NASEMSO and 20 other stakeholder groups sent a letter to leaders of U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees' Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies, asking that they provide $20,213,000 in funding for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program at the Health Resources and Services Administration in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Labor, HHS, Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill. The letters noted that the EMSC program has made landmark improvements to the emergency care delivered to our children all across the nation. As the only federal program dedicated to improving emergency care for children, EMSC has brought vital attention and resources to an otherwise neglected population.
  • NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders Send Letter to Congressional Leaders on Protecting Public Health (13 Jan 2017). NASEMSO and eight other stakeholder groups sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House leaders asking them to help protecting public health. As nonpartisan, consensus-driven national organizations representing state and territorial governmental public health leaders, they requested continued support for vital public health programs currently funded through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Prevention and Public Health Fund. State and territorial health leaders are concerned that long-standing public health programs now receiving resources through the Fund authorized by the ACA may be rescinded in repeal-and-replace efforts if alternate ways to invest in prevention and support the lifesaving work of state and territorial health agencies are not quickly identified. The letter asks for a delay of any efforts to rescind Prevention and Public Health Fund dollars to ensure that state and local public health is not crippled in the middle of fiscal year 2017. Asking leaders to sustain current investments in public health, the stakeholders pointed out that now more than ever the United States needs a strong public health infrastructure that flexibly meets the needs of states and is adequately resourced to work with the health care delivery system to promote health, prevent illness, and treat disease. Download letter.