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Emergency Medical Services and Health Advocates Form Illinois EMS Alliance

by Anne S. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers, health officials, and patient advocates from around the state gathered at the Capitol Building today to announce the formation of the Illinois EMS Alliance and to send an important message – EMS IS ESSENTIAL IN ILLINOIS. Emergency medicine professionals, including EMTs, Fire Chiefs, physicians and statewide EMS representatives stood in solidarity with leading voices from the new coalition as they jointly expressed concern over the future of EMS. The Illinois EMS Alliance will work to support action on recommendations made in the newly released IL House Task EMS Force Report, and will help legislators chart a sustainable path forward for EMS in Illinois.

The bipartisan 24-member House EMS Task Force held hearings throughout Illinois in late 2011, and released its final report on November 20, 2012, urging the legislature to:

  • Create a dedicated annual funding stream of $40 million from gambling expansion revenues or other sources to prevent EMS in Illinois from further atrophy
  • Officially designate EMS as an “essential service” similar to existing designations for Police and Fire services
  • Pursue regulatory reforms that would make it easier for EMS agencies to provide optimal care in the current resource-scarce environment

Read the rest of the news release here.

Are you interested in learning more about the Illinois EMS Alliance? Send us an email here.

Make sure you also take action and let your lawmakers know you feel that EMS should be designated as an essential service here.

 

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