• 14 Apr 2018 3:27 AM
    Message # 6098777
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    House Bill 2721

    We continue to work on shutting down this bill for House Bill 2721, JenaLu and I have been in contact with the Legislators regarding this bill and it could come up Monday before the Health and Human Services Committee.  We would like to have this bill stop in the committee so we do not have it get to the full Senate, it has already passed the house and the members are not making informed choices. I am posting our letter/ talking points below. If each of you would copy the letter into an e-mail  and send to each of the members we might be able to get this stopped. There is obviously a lot going on up there and there is danger in this getting passed with out anybody thinking about what they are doing. Please feel free to fax and call the members even if you are not in their district. I have pasted below the  email address of the Senators  so hopefully you can copy the letter and then just click on the link to start an e-mail and paste the message into your e-mail.  

    Call if you have any questions!



    Senator Ervin Yen
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 413
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5543

    Senator Rob Standridge 
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm.  417A
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5535 


    Senator Kim David
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 537
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5590

    Senator Kay Floyd
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 520A
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5610


    A J Griffin
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 534
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5628


    Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 521B
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5600

    Senator Darcy Jech
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 415
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5545

    Senator Greg McCortney 
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 528B
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5541

    Senator Adam Pugh
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 528A
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5622

    Senator Dave Rader
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 426
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5620

    Senator Joseph Silk 
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105

    Senator Frank Simpson
    2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 412
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    (405) 521-5607


    Oklahoma EMT Association

    P.O. Box 416

    El Reno, OK 73036

    The Oklahoma EMT Association is extremely concerned that the passage of House Bill 2721 and do not support  its passage and request that you join the EMS Professionals, Volunteer through Full Time providers in not supporting this Measure

    We support our Emergency Medical Responders / First Responders who do a great job taking care of patients till EMT’s, Advanced EMT’s and Paramedics respond. EMR’s/First Responders are important in getting rapid care to the side of the patient. EMT’s First Responders have valuable skills that can assist an EMT as a partner in taking care of patient’s or acting as an Emergency Vehicle Operator

    Currently no EMS Profession has been consulted regarding this bill! We are the ones who fight to keep  our profession in check and in line with national standards. We teach the EMR/ First Responder program and we know the limitations of this training. The EMR/First Responder program was not intended to provide transportation of the sick and injured. It was intended to be training for Police, Fire, and other Rescue personnel who needed to know how to recognize and emergency and take care of the people till EMT’s arrive.  It was an option to a First Aid Course with more integration into  EMS and it’s system. 

    This bill asks too much of a EMR/First Responder.

    The National Registery Of EMT’s our national certification and testing body recognizes the EMT as the ENTERY LEVEL EMS Provider . EMT’s receive Double the training and important hands on skills on how to manage emergencies during transport utilizing all kinds of equipment. EMT’s do clinical’s and take a National level test. This follow the National EMS Blue Print, a document that helps us plan our future as pre-hospital care providers.

    While we appreciate EMS being considered in a bill, however this bill will not improve care in rural areas. We have practical ideas that can be placed into reality that will help rural area’s

    Some are:

    • Easing the requirements on a EMR/First Response Agency and all EMS Agencies!
    • Make the application process for applying for the OERSSIRF - Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Stabilization and Improvement Revolving Fund so it works for it’s intended purpose to help rural service’s that are in jeopardy
    • EMR/First Responder, or EMT Quick Response Units.
    • Grants to help with Training.
    • Building community support with educations to pass:
      • 522 EMS Districts. 
      • Sales Taxes to support  EMS agencies.
      • Utility Assessment. 
      • Community In-Kind Support for Housing Lights Water Gas and more.
      • Industry support from Oil, Gas, Wind and more.
      • Equipment Grants

    These are things that are already in place and more can be developed with community Support if your talk to the right people.

    Did you know that Medicare will not pay for patients transported by an EMR/First Responder only. This means you are throwing away another portion of the funding. Medicaid and many other insurances follow the same guidelines.

    Did you know that you will loose other valuable skills by not having an EMT transport such as Breathing Treatments and special airway skills for people not breathing.

    We urge you to come and visit your Ambulance service and look at the many devices we have to help people and have to be proficient in utilizing under the direction of each service’s Medical Director

    We thank you for thinking about EMS and we look forward to helping you move EMS care in the state of Oklahoma not backward.

    JenaLu Simpson, Paramedic


    Oklahoma EMT Association


    Cell 405-641-3363

    E-mail jenaluemtp@aol.com

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