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- Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Thanks NASEMSO for Supporting the FRIENDS Act (13 Dec 2015) The First Responder Identification of Emergency Needs in Disaster Situations (FRIENDS Act) passed the House on Dec. 10, 2015, by a roll call vote of 396 to 12, with 25 not voting. The Congresswoman in her statement acknowledged and thanked NASEMSO for its assistance with the bill, saying the support of the National Association of State EMS Officials was invaluable to the passage of the FRIENDS Act. She is looking forward to continuing to work with NASEMSO on getting bill through the Senate and to the President's desk. Download her statement here.
- NASEMSO Signs on to Letter of Support for DEA Bill (Dec. 14, 2015) NASEMSO has joined other EMS stakeholders (including NAESMP and ACEP) in signing on to a letter to Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) to express strong support for legislation that he intends to sponsor, which would "ensure the continued ability of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners in the field to administer controlled substances to countless individuals who are sick or injured enough to need them.
The unique nature of field EMS is unlike other health care services governed by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). There is a demonstrated clinical need for administering controlled substance medications in the field, such as to treat active seizures or administer pain medicine. Updating the CSA to recognize the existing delivery model of field EMS is essential to protect patients." The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act provides the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) a firm statutory foundation from which to oversee the use of controlled substances in field EMS and prevent drug diversion while ensuring essential medicines are provided to patients in need." The letter applauds Rep. Hudson's leadership on this vital issue. Download letter here.
- NASEMSO Sends Letter SSL/CSG on Suggested State Legislation Item 07-37A-07 on Mobile Integrated Health Care (Dec. 3, 2015) NASEMSO sent recommendation to the Suggested State Legislation (SSL) Committee of the Council of State Governments (CSG) urging them to initiate its process for developing and inserting a note for community paramedicine-mobile integrated healthcare (CP-MIH) in the SSL publication being considered, rather than accepting item 07-37A-07 on Mobile Integrated Health Care, at its meeting in Nashville this month. The letter noted that developing a well-considered note concerning this state issue of national significance in place of accepting item 07-37A-07 is a prudent course of action. For details, download the letter here.
- NASEMSO and 18 Stakeholder Organizations Sign on to Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Support for Research Investments to Address the Public Health Crisis of Gun Violence (Dec. 1, 2015) NASEMSO and 18 stakeholder organizations have signed on to a joint letter sent to leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees in support of funding for research to address the public health crisis of gun violence. The letter urges Congress to "lift the current ban on funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to gun violence prevention research. Furthermore, the CDC should be appropriated at least $10 million in FY 2016, along with sufficient new funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support research into the causes and prevention of gun violence."
- NASEMSO and 14 Stakeholder Organizations Sign On to NACCHO Letters Urging Support for the Medical Reserve Corps (Nov. 17, 2015) NASEMSO and 14 stakeholder organizations have signed on to two National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) letters being sent to Congress and the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) in support of funding for the Medical Reserve Corps, a national network of volunteers organized locally to protect the health and safety of their communities. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) covers more than 90 percent of the U.S. population through a force that exceeds 206,000 volunteers in more than 950 geographically-based units nationwide, including several U.S. territories. Two-thirds of MRC units are coordinated by local health departments. MRC volunteers provide an important community service, both filling gaps in routine health services and responding in emergency situations. The FY 2016 House Labor, HHS appropriations bill cuts the MRC by one third and the Senate bill cuts the program by half. The request to provide $11 million for the Medical Reserve Corps President’s FY 2017 budget proposal would restore the MRC to its FY 2013 funding level. While it is a relatively small program, the MRC maintains a critical connection between volunteer units and the federal emergency preparedness infrastructure. Sustained funding for the MRC program is needed to ensure that community partners are ready to act and protect their residents when natural or manmade emergencies occur.
- NASEMSO Expresses Support of FRIENDS Act of 2015 (Sept. 28, 2015) NASEMSO President Paul Patrick sent a letter to Congressional leaders expressing the association's support for the Jackson Lee Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute titled, the “Families of Responders Identification of Emergency Needs in Designated Situations” or the “FRIENDS Act.” The letter was sent to the Honorable Michael T. McCaul, Chairman, House Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Bennie G. Thompson,
House Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Martha McSally, Chairman, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, and Communications, U.S. House of Representatives; and the Honorable Donald M. Pyne, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, and Communications, U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would provide an important report on the state of family support planning for the families of first responders. The letter expressed the importance of Federal family support planning to homeland security, because this area of continuity of operations planning addresses the health and safety needs of first responder families during terrorist attacks or incidents as well as other emergencies. The FRIENDS Act will be an important first step in engaging the first responder community on the role of family in preparedness
and continuity of operations. The FRIENDS Act would also engage first responder organizations to get their perspectives on best practices in family support planning programs on the local and state levels.
- NASEMSO Comments on NFPA EMS Officer Proposal (June 8, 2015) At its April 2015 meeting, the National Fire Protection Association reviewed a request that NFPA establish a new project on emergency medical services officer standards. After review of all the material before it, NFPA voted to solicit public comments of the need for the project, information on resources on the subject matter and other organizations actively involved with the subject.
- NASEMSO Joins Stakeholders in the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (Mar. 30, 2015) NASEMSO signed on to this letter in support of FY 2016 funding for key federal programs aimed at addressing prescription opioid misuse and recovery.
- NASEMSO Joins Stakeholders in Supporting Funding for the EMSC Program (Mar. 26, 2015) NASEMSO has joined stakeholders in uring Congressional leaders to provide funding for the EMSC program. The letters state: "As organizations that care deeply about the health and safety of our nation’s children, we write to request that you provide $21,116,000 in funding for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program at the Health Resources and Services Administration in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor, HHS, Education (LHHS) appropriations bill. 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. Every state has received EMSC funds, which they have used to ensure that hospitals and ambulances are properly equipped to treat pediatric emergencies, to provide pediatric training to paramedics and first responders, and to improve the systems that allow for efficient, effective pediatric emergency medical care. Additionally, EMSC funding has helped to improve pediatric capacity and transport of pediatric patients and address emerging issues such as pediatric emergency care readiness and pediatric emergency medical services in rural and remote areas.
- Members of the CDC Coalition, Including NASEMSO, Send Letters of Support for Funding CDC Programs (Mar. 20, 2015) The members of the CDC Coalition sent letters urging Congressional leaders to provide $7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The letters noted that coalition members are pleased that President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request would increase CDC’s program level by $141 million over FY 2015. While this additional funding provides some resources for new and important initiatives and increased funding for some programs, other important programs would be cut or are completely eliminated under the president’s request. We believe that Congress should prioritize funding for all of the activities and programs supported by CDC that are essential to protect the health of the American people. Download letter to Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Appropriations' Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services.
- NASEMSO submitted comments in response to NHTSA’s request for comments on its proposal to collect information in order to “Characterize Ambulance Driver Training In EMS Systems" (Mar. 13, 2015)
- Nationwide 2015 Super Bowl Commercial (Feb. 17, 2015)
- NASEMSO Provides Comments to DHSS Office of the National Coordinator of Health on IT on its Strategic Plan (Feb. 6, 2015) NASEMSO responded to a request for comments from the Department of Health & Human Services' National Coordinator of Health on IT, in regard to its 2015-2020 strategic plan. Connecting EMS data with Health Information Exchanges is a stated priority for their office. This strategic plan will guide the programs and investments of $17 billion dollars in upcoming years related to health IT. The strategic plan can be accessed online. There is no reference to EMS in the draft strategic plan, and the draft plan does not include any specifics about ambulances, EMS, paramedics, or prehospital care, but it broadly includes emergency medical services under its definition of a health care provider.