EMS Professionals Address Key Issues with Lawmakers at 2012 EMS on the Hill Day


 
 

NAEMT |
See NAEMT, in Product Connect | Thursday, March 22, 2012


CLINTON, Miss. — For the past two days, EMS professionals from across the nation attended EMS
on the Hill Day in Washington, D.C. Now in its third year and hosted by the National Association
of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS on the Hill Day is the only national EMS
advocacy event open to all EMS professionals.

At the event, more than 198 EMS practitioners from 42 states, the District of Columbia and
Puerto Rico attended 246 meetings with their U.S. Senators, House Representatives, and their
congressional staff to inform them about and lobby for key EMS issues and legislation. This year's
successful event included representation from all sectors of the EMS community, sent a
consistent message on the important issues facing EMS in our country, and gave EMS
professionals the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with their congressional
leaders.

EMS on the Hill Day included an informative pre-Hill Visit briefing to prepare participants for
their congressional visits, and a networking reception, hosted by NAEMT, on March 20. As a
bonus event for 2012, attendees were invited to participate, free of change, in the
Reimbursement Task Force meeting of the American Ambulance Association that day. The
meeting addressed reimbursement issues affecting EMS and discussed health care reform,
Medicare ambulance relief and other hot topics.

On March 21, participants attended scheduled appointments with their Senate and House leaders
and their staff, and then enjoyed a post-Hill visit reception hosted by NAEMT for all participants,
congressional leaders and staff, and federal agency staff. The Washington Plaza Hotel served as
headquarters for the event.

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This year's legislative priorities included the Medicare Ambulance Access Preservation Act, Public
Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act, and Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost
Effectiveness Improvements Act. Learn more at
http://www.naemt.org/advocacy/emsonthehillday/EMSontheHillDay/talkingpoi....

To subsidize the cost of participation in the event, NAEMT provided grants of up to $1,200 each
to four active members. These grants were awarded to Ryan Greenberg, EMT-P, Hewlett, N.Y.;
Emery (Paul) Roberts, EMT-P, Canton, N.C.; Jason Scheiderer, EMT-P, Indianapolis, Ind.; and
Eugene Dicksion, EMT-P, Lexington, Okla.
2012 event sponsors included Champion sponsors the American Ambulance Association, 5.11
Tactical, American College of Emergency Physicians, EMS World, Medic Alert Foundation and
OnStar; Pillar sponsors American Heart Association, American Red Cross, E.V.S. Ltd., Frazer,
Gold Cross, ICEdot, NAEMSP, NASEMSO and Physio Control; and Friends Certified Ambulance
Group, Medic-CE, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC, and Verathon. NAEMT thanks them for their
support of this important event.

“The participation of so many dedicated EMS professionals in this year's successful event helped
ensure that EMS has a strong voice in government decisions that affect EMS practitioners and our
ability to provide quality patient care to our patients,” says Jim Judge, Director, Region II, and
NAEMT Advocacy Committee Chair. “We look forward to continuing to work with our
congressional representatives throughout the year to ensure they hear and understand our issues
and concerns, and we anticipate an even more successful EMS on the Hill Day in 2013.”

EMS practitioners who were not able to attend the event are urged to support EMS advocacy
from home using NAEMT's Capwiz system. Through Capwiz, they can locate the district offices of
their congressional leaders at http://capwiz.com/naemt/dbq/officials and then simply enter
their ZIP codes to access their congressional leaders' contact information. They also can e-mail
their congressional leaders from Capwiz through the "featured alerts" on the Capwiz home page,
http://capwiz.com/naemt.

About NAEMT
Formed in 1975 and today more than 32,000 members strong, the National Association of
Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association dedicated to
representing the professional interests of all emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners,
EMS Professionals Address Key Issues with Lawmakers at 2012 EMS on the Hill Day, add 1
including paramedics, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical
technicians, emergency medical responders and other professionals working in prehospital
emergency medicine. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service
agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial
and special operations settings, and in the military.




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