Tuesday, February 11, 2014

10 EMS Bills Introduced In Oklahoma

This year at the capitol there are a total of ten bills dealing with Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Everything from funding to opioid antagonists. Bills deal with the emergency medical personal death benefit, education, ambulance districts, transparency, stretcher aid vans, officers and deputies, training and civil liability and two shell bills, EMS dispatch and rural EMS funding. 

The most important bill this year is the Ambulance Service Districts Act. It would give rural areas the ability to combine funding and form a regional ambulance district. With the state budget at a shortfall and more cuts coming, any help for the state looks far way. Rural Oklahoma has to have options to use what EMS dollars are available. The EMS Survival Act has state-supported funding, but will find a very hard time this year.