Current Legislation

The Wisconsin EMS Association is routinely involved in responding to a variety of legislative initiatives through written and oral testimony, letters in support or opposition of various legislation, administrative rules or other proposals, and other public activity.

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Current Legislation:

UPDATE: The funding bill was passed on March 3rd which allowed for the allocation of $45,700 to cover the State’s shortfall in providing matching funds, for the year of 2018, to SAP participants.

 

VFIS is the Administrator for the majority of participating municipalities. VFIS had submitted the required State reports before the 2019 deadline. We were advised that the other vendors did not. The DOA released the matching funds to VFIS, indicated in their report, in June. When Penflex and RBC submitted their State reports, there was not enough money left in the allocation to pay them. Act 139 should pave the way for the Department of Administration to release those funds to Penflex and RBC.

 

Clients of VFIS were provided with account statements, at the end of 2019, showing both the contribution for the 2018 year along with the State Match Funds.

 

Clients of other vendors should check with their representative to find out the status of their funds.

 

ACT 139 also allowed for an increase in the annual State contribution from $2.5 million to $2.9 million.  With renewed interest in this program, due to the 2017 Administrative Rule changes, we may end up with another shortfall in the next few years.

 

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Michelle Strauss – michelle.strauss@thehortongroup.com

Senior Account Manager / Horton Risk Advisory Solutions

The Horton Group

  • Trans 309

    • In a collaborative effort, the DHS and DOT have decided not to move the medical equipment inspection of ambulances to DHS until 2023. It is believed that the DHS Administrative Rule would be opened once again at that time.
       

  • SB 363 – Swatting
    WEMSA supports this bill 
     

  • SB 665/AB 742 – FAP Funding

    • This bill increases the amount of funding for emergency medical services assistance for the fiscal year 2019-20 is increased by $239,800 to assist in paying for training and examinations for emergency medical practitioners at any level. WEMSA SUPPORTS this bill as any funding increase for EMS will help.
       

  • SB 666/AB 740  – NREMT

    • This bill prohibits DHS from requiring an emergency medical responder (EMR) to register with or take the examination of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

      WEMSA is NEUTRAL on this bill. Although we strongly believe that there needs to be a minimum EMS standard to ensure every EMR is trained to a certain standard, and we support a standard that is consistent throughout the state, we understand that many of our rural services support removing the requirement for the National Registry exam. 

       

  • SB 667/AB 741 – Omnibus
    This Omnibus Bill has 4 parts:

    • Section 1a. – This section will allow an electronic signature from a municipal clerk before allowing an ambulance service provider to receive FAP funds signature.
       

    • Section 1b. – This section will allow an ambulance service for FAP Funding certification to submit the population of its service area from census data every 10 years.

      • Comment: This section helps to reduce the burden of time and cost on both the Service Director and the municipality.
        WEMSA SUPPORTS this section
         

    • Section 2 - The section allows an ambulance that is engaged in an interfacility transport to be staffed with one emergency medical technician and one individual who has a certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

      • Comment: There should always be two licensed staff in the truck.  By allowing only one it puts the patient at great risk if something goes wrong and risks both the service crew and the patient.  
        WEMSA OPPOSES this section
         

    • Section 3 – This section may not require a rural ambulance service provider to stock an ambulance with equipment to perform all functions that the emergency medical services practitioner with the highest license level may perform in order to upgrade the ambulance service level.

      • Comment: If a service is going to provide a higher level of service as allowed by Act 97 it should furnish those supplies needed to do the job.  The AEMT or Paramedic can not bring their own equipment, narcotics and advance practice tools with them to a service. It is costly to outfit an ambulance with advanced practice equipment but that is what allows the AEMT or Paramedic to provide ALS care.     
        WEMSA OPPOSES this section
         

    • Section 4 – This section prohibits an ambulance service provider from prohibiting an emergency services responder who is employed by or volunteering with the ambulance service provider from being employed by or volunteering with another ambulance service provider.

      • Comment: This should be up to each individual service if they allow their members to serve on another service.  
        WEMSA OPPOSES this section

        WEMSA OPPOSES this bill as it is written.  We had asked that this omnibus bill SB 667 be divided into its unique parts which was not supported. Because we can not support or oppose sections of a bill.
         

  • SB 674/AB 746 – Roadside Safety
    WEMSA supports this bill

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