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Bringing issues to THE HILL
Fourth annual EMS on the Hill Day to be held prior to EMS Today
Registration has begun for the fourth annual EMS on the Hill Day, host- ed by the National Association of
Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).
The 2013 event takes place on March 5–6,
2012, in Washington, D.C. In order for
appointments to be scheduled with congressional leaders, participants must register by February 15, 2013.
EMS on the Hill Day is the nation’s only
national EMS advocacy event, providing
professionals from all sectors of the emergency medical community the opportunity to advocate for specific EMS legislation. According to NAEMT Executive
Director Pamela Lane, EMS on the Hill
Day sends a consistent message to elected
leaders regarding critical issues facing EMS
throughout the nation and builds important relationships with Senate and House
leaders and their staff.
Meeting with Congressional leaders
also has a direct effect on individual EMS
agencies and practitioners. “The more [leg-islators] in Washington understand the
challenges to providing quality EMS, the
greater the possibility that they will craft
policies that address those challenges,”
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This past year, nearly 200 EMS prac-
titioners from 42 states and the District
of Columbia attended 246 meetings with
U.S. Senators, House representatives, and
their congressional staff to advocate for
This year, EMS on the Hill Day will
be held just prior to EMS Today, the
annual JEMS conference and exhibition
that is scheduled for March 5–9, also
in Washington D.C. The schedule for
the 2013 EMS on the Hill Day includes
March 5: Participants will meet with
other participants and attend a pre-
Hill visit briefing, followed by a reception.
March 6: Participants will attend sched-
uled appointments with their Senate and
House leaders and their staff, followed by
an evening reception. Register online at
—Teresa McCallion, EMT-B
From our Facebook Audience
We asked our Facebook fans what issues
they would bring to Washington if they
had the opportunity. Here’s what they said:
David C.: Hooray for healthcare reform. I
myself have a full-time job, but most of my co-
workers work two or three part-time jobs. This
will finally give EMS providers an actual affordable
option to insure themselves instead of praying they
don’t get sick.
Brent D.: Pay, benefits and provider health
Justin S.: Educational standards, evidence-based medicine, community paramedicine.
A piece of paper from the government that lets
you practice a job or profession is a license, even
if they call it something else. Check out the legal
opinion on the subject on the NREMT’s website:
J Mac Q.: Declining Medicare reimbursements.
Garrett H.: All of the above are good things,
most necessitating money and organization. We
can take care of some of that with current draft
legislation like the EMS field bill. Money will
involve the need to have alternate payments other
than being a taxi.
Skip K.: The need to include basic civics and
constitutional law in EMT class, so that folks in EMS
have some idea of the responsibilities of the federal
government versus the things that are reserved to
Jason B.: Make EMS a profession with licensure
not just certification.
Skip K.: Also have to get people to do research.
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