Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
House Bill 2436 the Emergency Medical Service Survival Act.
Update: the Emergency Medical Survival Act passed the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Health & Social Services by a vote of 8 to 0, to see who voted click here. The next step for this bill will be the full Appropriations and Budget Committee.
This bill was also written by Medic Institute and designed to get emendate help to EMS services that are rural or medically underserved. It also helps get Paramedics into those areas.
House Bill 2382 the Ambulance Service Districts Act.
Update: The Emergency Medical Service District Act is dead for this session. This bill received strong opposition from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and Oklahoma Gas and Electric. With this opposition Rep. Cockroft and Rodney Johnson director of Medic Institute did not think we had the votes to pass this bill. We are going to try to hold a legislative study to address local funding for EMS. We think this is the best way to keep this issue alive.
John D Harper, Vice President, External Affairs for Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Kenny Sparks, Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives have told Medic Institute they understand the issue and would like to help us find a solution to the problem. While we disagree with them on the issue of a utility fee for EMS we also understand their problem with the bill. We look forward to working with them to protect the people of Oklahoma.
House Bill 2428 the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Service Act
Update: the Emergency Medical Service Act passed the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Health & Social Services by a vote of 5 to 3. The next step for this bill will be the full Appropriations and Budget Committee.
The just of this bill would remove responsibilities for Emergency Medical Services from the Oklahoma State Department of Health and set up a EMS board.