Legislative Priorities

Here are NAEMT’s 2016 legislative priorities that our association will be actively supporting throughout the year:

H.R. 4365/S. 2932, Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016 – Pending federal regulations, which put added restrictions on controlled substances, threaten the ability of EMS personnel to treat pain and seizures. This bill will allow EMS agencies to continue using standing orders from medical directors to administer medications to treat these conditions. The legislation is has broad support in EMS and emergency medicine, including the National Association of EMS Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and several other national EMS associations. View written statement to Congress.

H.R. 2366, Field EMS Innovation and Modernization Act – Known as the Field EMS Bill, this legislation provides funding to help EMS transform into a patient-centered, fully integrated and innovative component of our nation’s healthcare system. The bill addresses the recommendations of the 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "Emergency Medical Services: At the Crossroads." NAEMT has made significant headway over the past several years in educating Congress about the need for increased support for EMS.

S. 453/H.R. 1818, Veterans EMT Support Act – This bill, which has already garnered wide support in both the House and the Senate, streamlines the process for veterans and separating military medics to meet state EMS certification and licensure requirements for civilian EMS employment. Last year, NAEMT undertook a highly successful grassroots campaign to build support. Hundreds of NAEMT members emailed their Representatives and Senators, and more than a dozen new co-sponsors signed on. The goal is to continue the momentum this year! View Congressional supporters.

H.R. 2274, To authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia – A new bill on NAEMT's priority list, the proposed legislation seeks Congressional approval to establish a National EMS Memorial to honor EMS practitioners killed in the line of duty. The federal government will not pay for building the memorial – funds will come from donations or other private sponsorships. But Congress must approve the establishment of any new memorials on federal land.

NAEMT reviews and monitors all federal legislative initiatives that impact EMS and determines if these bills should be supported by the association, and if so, at what level. The Board has established the following system for designating and implementing NAEMT’s level of support for pending federal legislation or regulation: 

 

Level

Action

Actively Support

Post level of support. Send letter of endorsement to bill sponsors and post on NAEMT website. Other actions may include: initiate or participate in campaign, send NAEMT representatives to D.C. to personally advocate, ask state advocacy coordinators to visit congressional district offices. 

Support

Post level of support.

Watch

None

Oppose

Post level of support.

Actively Oppose

Post level of support.  Send letter of opposition to bill or regulation to sponsors and post on NAEMT website.  Other actions may include: initiate or participate in campaign, send NAEMT representatives to D.C. to personally advocate, ask state advocacy coordinators to visit congressional district offices. 

Actively Support with Qualifications

May post level of support, depending on the types of qualifications. Send letter to bill sponsors explaining our position on the bill and post on NAEMT website.  Other actions may include: sending NAEMT representatives to D.C. to explain our position to members of Congress.