TEMSA Outreach to State Lawmakers: 04.08.20

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The Texas EMS Alliance reached out to state lawmakers on April 8, 2020, with a request for them to contact their Members of Congress to encourage the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide grants to EMS agencies for their COVID-19 response.

A copy of the American Ambulance Association’s letter was provided to state lawmakers.

The following message was provided to state lawmakers:

Texas EMS agencies are on the front line of health care in every Texas community. In some regions that do not feature hospitals, the local EMS agency may be the only health care provider for that community.

These agencies are playing a key role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, the local EMS agency is the first health care entity that individuals call when suffering from COVID-19, and this leads to increased costs. Many agencies have had to quarantine their EMS professionals, which has led to staffing issues.

In response, Texas EMS agencies are asking the federal government for a grant to help Texas EMS agencies to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Details can be found in the attached letter.

The Texas EMS Alliance believes that it is important for our state lawmakers to be aware of federal efforts to help Texas EMS agencies. And we would appreciate your reaching out to federal policymakers, such as your Members of Congress, to help Texas EMS agencies secure these important grants.