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.




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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.
EMS FundingLetter to Hon. Seema Verma, Administrator, CMSNAEMT provides comment on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed ambulance data collection system (CMS- 1715-P).
EMS IssueNAEMT Comment on EMS education standardsRegarding the importance of establishing the content areas which each EMS level should master in order to be able to provide care to their patients as outlined in the national EMS Scope of Practice Model.
EMS IssueLetter to Dr Kadlec, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Regarding the 2019-2022 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS), citing the absence of EMS as a stakeholder and source of expertise for the development of the strategy.
Proposed LegislationComment to House E&C Committee on No Surprises ActRequest for House to develop policy solutions that support the ability of EMS agencies and fire departments to provide prehospital emergency medical care
EMS IssueNAEMT Comment to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information TechnologyComments regarding the Proposed Rulemaking to Improve the Interoperability of Health Information.
EMS IssueNAEMT comment to National EMS Education Standards Revision ProjectNAEMT provides initial comment to the revision of the National EMS Education Standards
EMS IssueLetter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) AdministratorUrges CMS to adopt an EMS cost reporting process similar to the one used by Medicaid when providing supplemental ground emergency medical transportation reimbursements in California, Oregon, and Washington.
EMS IssueLetter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and ResponseNAEMT provides comment to the draft ASPR Mass Casualty Triage White Paper.
Pending LegislationLetter to California Governor re: opposition to Legislature bill AB 2293.Bill would permit convicted felons (excludes rape/murder) to obtain an EMT license and restricts the ability of CA Emergency Medical Service Authority and EMS agencies to protect public safety by denying licenses.
Pending LegislationLetter to California Senate and Assembly re: opposition to Legislature bill AB 2293.Bill would permit convicted felons (excludes rape/murder) to obtain an EMT license and restricts the ability of CA Emergency Medical Service Authority and EMS agencies to protect public safety by denying licenses.
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