Senate Finance Committee Adds EMS Funding to ARPA

The Texas Senate Committee on Finance’s committee substitute for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included a funding pool of $400 million for home health, nursing homes, home care attendants and EMS. The committee approved Committee Substitute Senate Bill (CSSB) 8, which will go to the full Senate for a vote. Click here to view […]

TEMSA Announces ARPA Funding Priorities for Texas

The Texas EMS Alliance (TEMSA) announced American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding priorities for the state of Texas to address the workforce shortage crisis that Texas EMS agencies are facing. EMS professionals are leaving the field at a higher rate than ever due to burnout, the risk of Covid-19 exposure and new career opportunities outside […]

TEMSA Supports Body Camera Legislation

The Texas EMS Alliance (TEMSA) will offer testimony in support of Senator Brandon Creighton’s SB 1386, which would direct EMS agencies that utilize body cameras to develop internal policies for the governance of the body cameras. Click here to view TEMSA’s support letter:

EMS Transports for Covid-19 Testing

a The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee December 7, 2020, hearing on Covid-19 heard testimony from the Houston Fire Department that some patients called an ambulance to seek a transport for Covid-19 testing. MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth indicated that they will send a unit. However, if the patient demonstrating Covid-19 symptoms […]

TEMSA’s Cost Containment Recommendations

The Texas EMS Alliance submitted recommendations related to EMS costs for the Texas House Select Committee on Health Costs’ request for ideas. Click here to view TEMSA’s recommendations: Texas EMS Alliance – Statewide Health Care Costs

Texas EMS Agencies Host Lawmakers and Aides

Texas EMS agencies dedicated the month of January to hosting state lawmakers and their aides to discuss the important care that Texas EMS agencies are delivering to Texas communities. TEMSA’s president, Jeff Mincy, and Coryell Health EMS hosted their state senator, Dawn Buckingham, MD. Austin-Travis County EMS held a site visit for legislative aides from […]

Texas Workers’ Comp Proposes Rule for SB 2551

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Comp (TDI-DWC) proposed a rule for SB 2551, which was passed by the 2019 Texas Legislature to address Workers’ Comp claims related to cancer for first responders. Click here to learn more about the proposed rule. Click here to learn more about the legislation.