Late last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would be considering the Opioid Quota Reform Act (S. 2535), which would give the Attorney General new authorities around modifying the production quotas of certain controlled substances. While the diversion of illegal opioids is concerning for a number of reasons, legislation that allows for reducing production quotas of certain controlled substances could have unintended consequences for the EMS community, especially around controlled substances like fentanyl that are frequently used by emergency medicine physicians but are consistently in shortage. NAEMSP has been actively engaged on drug shortages issues in Washington for several years since shortages of essential emergency medications spiked in 2011.
Following meetings with Holland & Knight staff on behalf of NAEMSP, as well as other public health groups engaged on drug shortage issues, the sponsors of S. 2535 inserted important language that would give the Attorney General the authority to specifically consider drug shortages when modifying production quotas so as not to adversely affect providers’ access to these important drugs.
NAEMSP will continue to engage on drug shortage issues with Congress, the Administration, and other public health stakeholders for the benefit of its members.
EMS PHYSICIANS FLY-IN TO TALK MEDICAL CARE ACCESS & QUALITY
NAEMSP Members Discuss Senate Bill Reintroduction, Bestow EMS Award to Congressman
WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2017) – Members of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) gather in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304), and other issues affecting access to and quality of out-of-hospital emergency medical care, such as EMS payment reform.
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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has just released its
score of the ACA repeal and replace legislation, the
American Health Care Act, currently moving through the House of Representatives and scheduled to be marked up by the House Budget Committee on Wednesday. The score estimates that if the legislation is enacted there would be 14 million more people uninsured in 2018 as compared to current law, increasing to 24 million in 2026.
House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees Unveil ACA Repeal/Replace Bill
Click here for NAEMSP's 2017 Legislative Agenda - June 29, 2016
Directions:Below is a template to send to your congressional delegation in the House of Representatives.Please be sure that you only contact YOUR member of Congress; do not identify yourself as an NAEMSP member if you are not a current member. Please be respectful of the Congress members and do not email a mass quantity of people. This will only hurt our cause. Please edit the template as you see fit. E-mail is the most efficient means of contacting congressional staff. Snail mail will be diverted and take a long time to arrive. Accordingly, we encourage you to use e-mail. Should you not receive an e-mail response after a week or so, please call the office as follow-up and utilize the talking points on the next page. Persistence is key!
Each congressional office has a devoted health care staffer. Please find the e-mail/phone number of the staffer for your Member of Congress in the attached excel document. If you do not know your Member of Congress, please use the “find your representative” function at www.house.gov. It is located in the top right hand corner and generates your Member of Congress by zip code.
Please note if you are a constituent of the offices below, please simply send an e-mail thanking the office for their support as the following Members of Congress serve as original co-sponsors.
Rep. Butterfield (D-NC); Rep. Cohen (D-TN); Rep. Farenthold (R-TX); Rep. Heck, MD (R-NV); Rep. Ruiz, MD (D-CA) and Rep. Westerman (R-AR). As noted earlier, Rep. Hudson (R-NC) is the sponsor of H.R. 4365.
H.R. 4365 Toolkit
H.R. 4365 Summary
H.R. 4365 Section by Section
Email Template and Talking Points
List of House Health Staffers
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