Advancing the EMS profession

The following requests will be discussed with congressional leaders and staff during EMS On The Hill Day:

  • Support FY2020 Funding for the Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Law. Last year, the SIREN Act passed both Houses of Congress as part of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and was signed into law on December 20, 2018. This law creates a grant program for public and non-profit EMS agencies in rural areas, many of which are at the forefront of the opioid epidemic—to support the recruitment, retention, education, and equipment for EMS personnel specifically in rural areas.

  • Support H.R. 1241, the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA) introduced by Congressman John Larsen (D-CT) and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA), to bolster volunteer EMS and fire recruitment and retention by allowing volunteers to receive nominal incentives – property tax deductions and up to $600 per year of other types of benefits – without having to pay tax on them.

  • Support H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act introduced by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-D) to mandate the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create a national standard requiring that healthcare and social service employers develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan.

  • Support passage of H.R. 1646, the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act of 2019 introduced by Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) to provide resources to increase recognition and treatment of PTS for EMS practitioners and firefighters, provide grants to establish and assist peer-to-peer support programs, and collect data on EMS practitioner and firefighter suicides. Please consider expanding this bill to ensure that all 911 medical responders are covered under its provisions.

  • Join the EMS Caucus (in the House).

  • Request that Congress prioritize solving the drug shortage for those patients most at risk. We urge Congress to examine novel ways to reimburse ambulance agencies and hospitals to facilitate a market-based solution that ensures a stable, sufficient, and redundant supply of these essential medications for the protection of public health.
    Impact of Drug Shortages on EMS Patients

Talking Points

Additional Resources

Here are additional resources to help you make the most of your Hill Day visit: