Supported by NASEMSO
- 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that long-standing public health programs now receiving resources through the Fund authorized by the ACA may be rescinded in repeal-and-replace efforts if alternate ways to invest in prevention and support the lifesaving work of state and territorial health agencies are not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.
- NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders Support Passage of H.R. 4365 (14 Nov 2016). NASEMSO and 16 other stakeholder groups sent a letter to U.S. House leaders supporting passage of H.R. 4365, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016. H.R. 4365 provides a statutory framework that allows EMS agencies, professionals and medical directors to fulfill their mission to save lives and alleviate pain, while also enabling the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with appropriate oversight to prevent drug diversion. More specifically, the Act will explicitly permit medical directors to issue standing orders to enable EMS professionals to administer life-saving controlled substances to patients with emergency medical conditions. It will also clarify and codify who is authorized to provide verbal orders for controlled substances. It will provide the option for a single EMS agency registration as well as guidance and clarification regarding receipt, movement, and storage of controlled substances for the EMS agency. It will provide the EMS community with a clear set of rules and DEA with auditable records and the necessary authority to prevent drug diversion. Most importantly, the legislation will allow us to continue serving our vulnerable emergency medical patients and providing the best possible care to those who need immediate life-saving and pain medications. Download letter.
- NASEMSO Signs onto DSRC Coalition Letter to
President (04 May 2016). The DSRC Coalition (52 stakeholder
organizations, including NASEMSO) on May 4, 2016, sent a letter to the President
supporting "spectrum sharing in areas where it is technically feasible and will
preserve both life-saving Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) technology
and ensure the protection of the existing Fixed Satellite Service operations in
the 5.9 GHz band." The 5.9 GHz band was originally allocated by the FCC for
development of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I)
communications technology which the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
estimates could potentially address 80 percent of unimpaired crash scenarios,
saving thousands of lives each year. The coalition supports efforts to identify
spectrum that may be utilized to expand Wi-Fi applications. But with over 30,000
deaths on our nation's roads every year, it is critical that efforts to open up
additional spectrum do not come at the expense of revolutionary life-saving
technologies. Download letter. More information is available online.
- NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders Support Funding of Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant (Mar. 21, 2016) NASEMSO and 38 other stakeholder groups sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies, supporting at least $650 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant in the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The letter noted, "The Title V MCH Block Grant is a cost effective, accountable, and flexible funding source used to address the most critical, pressing and unique needs of maternal and child health populations in each state, territory and jurisdiction. In FY 2017, the Title V MCH Block Grant will support population based services that protect and improve the health of all families and will deliver additional services that benefit over half of pregnant women and more than one-third of infants and children." Download letter.
- NASEMSO and Other Stakeholders Send Letters of Support for EMSC Funding (Mar. 11, 2016) NASEMSO and 10 other stakeholder groups sent letters of support to the Senate and House Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies, requesting 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) 2017 Labor, HHS, Education (LHHS) appropriations bill.
- NASEMSO Files Joint Response with AAMS to FAA Docket Number 2015-3273 (Jan. 27, 2016) NASEMSO has jointly filed a response with the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) to FAA Docket Number 2015-3273, a petition for exemption by Daedalus Drove Services LLC to operate in a matter that our organizations feel could create a risk to the safe operation of air ambulances. Download letter.