There was both good news and bad news yesterday from Capitol Hill for EMS.
First, the bad news is that the 9/11 Responder Health Bill continues to remain stalled. Mayor Bloomberg made a public appeal to Congress on the issue. Reportedly Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has struck a deal with the Republicans to lower the price of the bill from $7.4 billion to $6.2 billion dollars over the ten years.
The good news is that Advocates For EMS were able to get the EMS Field Bill introduced into the House of Representatives. This bill is at the core of what Advocates For EMS have been striving for, and the fact that it has been introduced in the House shows that this may very well be the organization to break the cycle of national entities prophesying that they are the “voice of the EMS Provider” and then failing on a national level to deliver any change what so ever.
While it looks as if EMS remains stuck in neutral on Capitol Hill, the good news is that at least we’re not rolling down in reverse. Both of these are issues that every EMS provider should be paying attention to because it has the potential to affect our futures both positively, and negatively.