Advancing the EMS profession

Letters and Comments

The following communications have been issued by NAEMT in support of, or to comment on, pending or existing federal legislation or regulation. Click on the column header to sort the list.

EMS IssueLetter to Biden-Harris Transition Team Provides insight into how to advance EMS at the federal level.
EMS IssueLetter to EMS Standards Project TeamProvides comment on the final proposed revisions to the national EMS Education Standards.
Proposed LegislationDrug Enforcement Administration Department of JusticeComment on the “Emergency Medical Services Agencies Under the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017” Proposed Rule.
EMS FundingLetter to Biden-Harris Transition TeamRequests support for EMS and consistent, adequate funding to continue serving its critical purpose, both in the COVID-19 response and as an integral component of our nation’s healthcare system.
Pending LegislationComments on National Incident Management System DefinitionsComment to FEMA’s National Integration Center on four National Incident Management System (NIMS) resource typing definitions under the emergency medical services core capability: EMR, EMT, EMT-A, and Paramedic.
EMS IssueLetter to The National Academies of Sciences Engineering MedicineComment on NASEM's draft framework to assist policymakers in planning for equitable allocation of a vaccine against COVID-19.
EMS IssueLetter to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMSProvides comment on the National 911 Program’s 911DataPath project. NAEMT supports the National 911 Program and feels strongly that adding EMS and healthcare into the mix of represented entities is an important next step in the evolution of the program’s mission and efforts.
Pending LegislationLetter to Chair, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, CMSComments on COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.
EMS IssueLetter to President, White HouseUrges that firefighters and EMS personnel are placed on the highest priority tier for receiving COVID-19 vaccinations when they are available.
Pending LegislationLetter to Senate HELP CommitteeNAEMT Comments on Senate HELP: Preparing for the Next Pandemic White Paper
Proposed LegislationLetter to Federal Emergency Management Agency AdministratorRequests the Federal Emergency Management Agency to amend the Authorized Equipment List for FEMA’s preparedness grants to also include ambulances.
EMS FundingLetter to U.S. Senate and House LeadersRequests CMS to reimburse all ground ambulance providers for performing protocol-driven treatments in place (TIP) without transport during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Pending LegislationLetter to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services AdministratorRequest for clarification on presumption of COVID-19 patients for CARES Act Provider Relief Fund payments.
Pending LegislationLetter to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator re: CMS-1744-IFC Requests "Temporary Expansion Sites" rule to allow coverage for Treatment in Place services.
EMS FundingLetter to U.S. Senate and House leadersRequests that EMS agencies receive grant and reimbursement considerations for Covid response, and higher priority access to PPE and COVID-19 testing.
Pending LegislationLetter to U.S. Department of Justice Attorney GeneralRequests that all paramedics and EMTs including those employed by private for-profit EMS agencies are covered by the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB) program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EMS FundingLetter to Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland SecurityAsks how EMS agencies can access the additional $45 billion in funds providedto FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund included in the CARES Act.
EMS FundingLetter to HHS SecretaryAsks how EMS agencies can access the funds provided in the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund included in the CARES Act.
EMS FundingLetter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services AdministratorRequests CMS to waive Medicare regulations for ground ambulance transport to alternate destinations during COVID-19 response.
Pending LegislationLetter to U.S. House and Senate LeadershipRequests recognition of the role of EMS in COVID-19 pandemic response; needed funding.
Pending LegislationLetter to President, White HouseRequests recognition of the role of EMS in COVID-19 pandemic response; needed funding.
Pending LegislationVRIPA (S.1210, H.R.1241)To include a permanent extension of the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act in any legislation to address the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
EMS IssueLetter to the EMS Standards Project TeamRequests inclusion of actual standards for EMS—the knowledge, skills and behaviors outlined in the national Scope of Practice Model.
Pending LegislationSurprise Billing Act (H.R. 5800)Expresses concern of national EMS organizations with the ground ambulance services provision contained in Section 5.
Proposed LegislationSupport of 2016 Truck Size and Weight Limits StudyOpposes any legislation that would increase the legal size or weight limits of trucks because of the serious safety risks inherent in allowing bigger trucks on our nation’s roads and bridges.