AAA Board Adopts Bylaws Changes

During the American Ambulance Association Board meeting hosted virtually on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the Board was presented with an updated version of the Bylaws. The Bylaws were revised to accomplish the following: 1. to comply with Virginia law since the Association recently completed its reincorporation from California to Virginia and 2. to update certain…

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2020 Member Yearbook | Vendors & State Associations

The American Ambulance Association is creating a “yearbook” for 2020 to highlight EMS’s incredible response to the pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids, and more. We would also love to feature our vendor members and state ambulance associations as we know you are critical to the success of mobile healthcare.

To participate, please complete the short form below!

Please submit your responses by October 31, 2020. One hardcopy book will be mailed to the primary address of each member organization in early February 2021. Organizations that do not submit data will be listed as members, but not featured. All fields are required. Please proofread carefully!

AMBULANCE SERVICE MEMBERS, please complete this form instead!

2020 Yearbook | Vendors & State Associations

  • Email of person completing this form
  • Please upload your company logo with a TRANSPARENT or WHITE background in PNG or JPG/JPEG format. Largest side should be between 200-400 pixels.
  • Please abbreviate "Emergency Medical Services" as "EMS" but spell out all other words. Please omit Inc, Corp, LLC, etc.
  • Enter a description of your organization as well as any details you would like to share about how you supported EMS during the turbulence of 2020's pandemic, fires, hurricanes, civil unrest, and more. Max 1500 characters. Please proofread for spelling, grammar, and capitalization carefully as your entry will not be edited before publication. Enter in paragraph form, not bullet dots.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

2020 Member Yearbook | Ambulance Services

Help AAA tell the story of EMS in 2020… in YOUR words and about YOUR community!

2020 has challenged every EMS provider in the country in myriad ways—pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids, and more. Please take a moment to share with the American Ambulance Association details and photos about YOUR service for inclusion in a virtual and hardcopy yearbook that will be produced in January 2021. The yearbook will highlight the extraordinary contributions of mobile healthcare providers across the country.

Member organizations, please submit your responses by October 31, 2020. One hardcopy book will be mailed to the primary address of each member organization in early February 2021. Organizations that do not submit data will be listed as members, but not featured. All fields are required. Please proofread carefully!

2020 Yearbook | Ambulance Services

  • Email of person completing this form
  • Please upload your company logo with a TRANSPARENT or WHITE background. The largest side should be between 200-500 pixels.
  • Please abbreviate "Emergency Medical Services" as "EMS" but spell out all other words. Please omit Inc, Corp, LLC, etc. Ex: LifeMedStar EMS
  • Enter a whole number
    Please enter a number from 0 to 10000000.
  • Share with us a short description of your ambulance service. You may wish to include when you were founded, what communities you serve, the levels of care you provide, your mission/commitment to the community, how many ambulances you operate, and other similar details. Max 1200 characters (about 150 words). Please proofread for spelling, grammar, and capitalization carefully as your entry will not be edited before publication. Enter in paragraph form, not bullet dots.
  • Share briefly about your service's response to COVID-19 stresses, fires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids etc as well as the positive impact you had for your community in these hard times. Max 1200 characters. Please proofread for spelling, grammar, and capitalization carefully as your entry will not be edited before publication. Enter in paragraph form, not bullet dots.
  • Please enter the TOTAL number of your personnel (Employees or Volunteers) who were quarantined due to potential exposure, confirmed exposure, suspected COVID-19 status, and/or confirmed positive COVID-19 status.
  • Upload a photo of your team in action during 2020.
  • Upload a photo of your team in action during 2020.
  • Upload a photo of your team in action during 2020.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

New Benefit | Credit Card Fee Class Action Settlement

Dear AAA Members:

As you may know, there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. alleging Visa, MasterCard and their member banks engaged in anticompetitive practices. The case, Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement, alleges activity that includes collusion which artificially inflated the interchange fee that all AAA members paid to accept Visa and MasterCard branded credit cards. The proposed settlement provides that any merchant that accepted Visa and MasterCard credit cards at any time between January 1, 2004 and January 25, 2019 will be entitled to participate in the $5.54 billion-dollar settlement

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Class Action Refund has over 17 years of experience in managing complex claims and is an innovator of a niche service that specializes in the recovery of antitrust settlements for businesses, which includes large organizations like the AAA. Class Action Refund can ease the burden of self-filing. The life cycle of a claim can take several years to settle and may require various types of documentation and correspondence with the claims administrator in order to substantiate the claim. Class Action Refund will manage the entire filing process and inform you of milestones as necessary, so that you may stay focused on your core business. Additionally, there are NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO AAA MEMBERS. Class Action Refund will reduce its normal 33% contingency fee of funds recovered to 25% for AAA members.  If no recovery is made, then no fee is charged.

Any member interested in availing themselves of Class Action Refund’s recovery management services, for the Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement can quickly and easily sign up below!

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Mr. Hugh Bellingreri, Senior Account Manager, is the contact person for members. Please call Hugh directly at 914-630-5116, or you can reach him by email at hbellingreri@classactionrefund.com with any questions. 

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Disclaimer: No claim forms are available at this time, and no claim-filing deadline exists. No-cost assistance will be available from the Class Administrator and Class Counsel during any claims-filing period. No one is required to sign up with any third-party service in order to participate in any settlement. For additional information regarding the status of the litigation, interested persons may visit www.paymentcardsettlement.com, the Court-approved website for this case.

House Passes PPP Extension

On July 1, The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to extend the deadline to apply for forgivable small business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. The legislation was previously passed by the Senate and President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill extends the deadline to request Paycheck…

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Government Affairs Update: What We’re Working On

With the U.S. Senate on track to consider a fourth economic stimulus package before their August recess, the AAA is working hard to promote legislative language that positively impact the EMS industry and ambulance services across the country. Here is a snapshot of those current efforts. Ambulance Funding in Response to COVID-19 As the Senate…

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AAA Membership Town Hall with Senator Bill Cassidy

Members-Only Exclusive Town Hall Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 9:30am EST Join U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) for an exclusive members-only Virtual Town Hall Meeting on health care and COVID-19. Senator Cassidy will provide his perspective on the critical role of health care providers during the response to COVID-19. He will also offer insight…

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Auto Parts Settlement: Ends June 18!

Auto Parts Settlement Deadline Extended to June 18. Act  Now to  Ensure You Aren’t Left Out!

AAA and Class Action Refund are pleased to announce that we have partnered to assist members in the Automotive Parts Settlement. As you may know, there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. alleging that dozens of parts manufacturers conspired to fix, maintain, and artificially raise the price of motor vehicle component parts. As a result of the defendants’ alleged conduct, businesses and consumers who purchased or leased new vehicles (not for resale) containing those parts or who indirectly purchased replacement parts (not for resale) from the Defendants may have paid more than they should have. The proposed settlement provides $1.2 Billion in settlement funds to purchasers and lessees for qualified vehicles from 1990 to 2019 in the qualified states below.

Arizona
Arkansas
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan

Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Class Action Refund has developed certain proprietary software that identifies the parts eligible for refund from your leased vehicle VIN numbers. They are well qualified to make sure that you obtain the maximum restitution that you are entitled to receive under the settlement. Class Action Refund has over 17 years of experience in managing complex claims, specializes in the recovery of antitrust settlements for businesses and can ease the burden of self-filing. Please understand that the life cycle of a claim can take several years to settle and may require various types of documentation and correspondence with the settlement claims administrator in order to substantiate the claim. Class Action Refund will manage the entire filing process and inform you of milestones as necessary, so that you may stay focused on your core business.

Additionally, there are NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO AAA MEMBERS. Class Action Refund will reduce its normal 33% contingency fee of funds recovered to 25% for AAA members. If no recovery is made, then no fee is charged.

Any member interested in availing themselves of Class Action Refund’s recovery management services, for the Automotive Parts Settlement can quickly and easily sign up by entering this URL into their browser: https://info.classactionrefund.com/112.

Complete the Short Sign-Up Form

Mr. Hugh Bellingreri, Account Manager, is the contact person for AAA members. Please call Hugh directly at 914-630-5116 or you can reach him by email at hbellingreri@classactionrefund.com with any questions.

COVID-19 First Responder Discounts

Please see below for some of the discounts and special offers open to EMS. AAA will add to this list as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many of these offers require verification of employment status.

Please be sure to visit  www.shop.ID.me and SheerID for thousands of additional offers for first responders!

Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Grocery Stores & Drug Stores

  • Costco | Priority access for first responders.
  • Walgreens | 20–30% off on April 25

Hotels & Lodging

Tech & Telecom

  • AT&T FirstNet |  Public safety agencies on FirstNet can get premium FirstNet Ready™ smartphone devices for free
  • DISH TV | Discounts and first monthly movie rental free.
  • Samsung | Free repairs for Samsung phones, including cracked screens and battery replacement.
  • Samsung | Employee discount for first responders.
  • Verizon |  Assorted first responder discounts.

Clothing, Shoes, & PPE

Transportation & Fuel

  • BP  |  50 cents off per gallon with  ID.me verification.
  • Lyft Scooters | Free in select areas.

Home & Household

  • Lovesac | 40% off  through May 31
  • Blanquil  | 50% off weighted blankets
  • Purple |  10% off your order (no end date)

EMS Week Featured Service Application

EMS Week will take place from May 17–23, 2020.  To celebrate the extraordinary contributions of ambulance services to the communities they serve, we will be featuring specific services throughout EMS week on AAA’s website and social media.

If you would like to apply to have your service featured, please complete and submit all fields below by May 7. Thank you for your service to your community!

2020 EMS Week Featured Service Application

Tell us your organization's plans for EMS Week this year! Featured services will appear on the AAA website and social media. THE ENTIRE FORM MUST BE COMPLETED IN ONE SITTING... DATA ENTERED WILL NOT SAVE FOR LATER.
  • Headquarters City
  • In one or two paragraphs, please share with us a little bit about your service. Please include: - when it was founded - areas served - number of staff - number of ambulances - what services you provide (911, interfacility mobile healthcare, community paramedicine, event services, aeromedical, etc)
  • Share how COVID-19 impacted your community and staff. What happened in your area, and how did your staff rise to the occasion?
  • Please provide a one- or two-sentence quote from a leader of your service talking about the importance of your staff to your community. (Does not need to be Covid-19 related, but can be.) Please also include the leader's full name and title.
  • Please provide a one- or two-sentence quote from one or more of your staff about why they believe that EMS is important. (Does not need to be Covid-19 related, but can be.) Please also include each person's full name and title.
  • Please provide a picture of the exterior of your headquarters or a station. Even better if it includes staff.
  • Please provide at least one picture of your staff in action either in the field or at your service. Please ensure they using masks/PPE as appropriate.
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  • Link to your service's Facebook page
  • Link to your service's Twitter profile
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

 

 

New Benefit: Kindercare Discount & Priority Placement

AAA understands that EMS staff often experience significant challenges securing quality, reliable childcare, and that these challenges have been exacerbated by school and daycare closures caused by COVID-19. We are here to help!

The American Ambulance Association is proud to share that we have partnered with Kindercare to offer EMS providers priority childcare placement as well as a 10% discount on tuition. Please share this information with your staff! Visit www.kindercare.com/aaa for full details.

Kindercare Locations

AAA member employee families receive priority placement at all 1600 Kindercare centers, including the 400 Essential Care Centers that remain open during the pandemic.

Childcare Services & Age Range

AAA member employees save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for children ages six weeks to 12 years at any KinderCare Learning Center or Champions before- and after-school sites nationwide.

Existing  Kindercare Families

This offer is available to new families as well as those already enrolled in a participating center.

Tuition Discount Guide

  1. Search for a center or site that is near you (Search Essential Centers Open During COVID-19 | Search All Centers, Including Those Currently Closed)
  2. Schedule a tour of the center or site online or by phone with the center information provided.
  3. When you enroll (or if you’re already enrolled), let your Center Director know you are a member of American Ambulance Association and that you are eligible for a 10% tuition benefit.
  4. Your Center Director will apply the discount on your next billing cycle.

 

Auto Part Settlement: Act Now!

Auto Parts Settlement Deadline Extended. Act  Now to  Ensure You Aren’t Left Out!

AAA and Class Action Refund are pleased to announce that we have partnered to assist members in the Automotive Parts Settlement. As you may know, there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. alleging that dozens of parts manufacturers conspired to fix, maintain, and artificially raise the price of motor vehicle component parts. As a result of the defendants’ alleged conduct, businesses and consumers who purchased or leased new vehicles (not for resale) containing those parts or who indirectly purchased replacement parts (not for resale) from the Defendants may have paid more than they should have. The proposed settlement provides $1.2 Billion in settlement funds to purchasers and lessees for qualified vehicles from 1990 to 2019 in the qualified states below.

Arizona
Arkansas
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan

Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Class Action Refund has developed certain proprietary software that identifies the parts eligible for refund from your leased vehicle VIN numbers. They are well qualified to make sure that you obtain the maximum restitution that you are entitled to receive under the settlement. Class Action Refund has over 17 years of experience in managing complex claims, specializes in the recovery of antitrust settlements for businesses and can ease the burden of self-filing. Please understand that the life cycle of a claim can take several years to settle and may require various types of documentation and correspondence with the settlement claims administrator in order to substantiate the claim. Class Action Refund will manage the entire filing process and inform you of milestones as necessary, so that you may stay focused on your core business.

Additionally, there are NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO AAA MEMBERS. Class Action Refund will reduce its normal 33% contingency fee of funds recovered to 25% for AAA members. If no recovery is made, then no fee is charged.

Any member interested in availing themselves of Class Action Refund’s recovery management services, for the Automotive Parts Settlement can quickly and easily sign up by entering this URL into their browser: https://info.classactionrefund.com/112.

Complete the Short Sign-Up Form

Mr. Hugh Bellingreri, Account Manager, is the contact person for AAA members. Please call Hugh directly at 914-630-5116 or you can reach him by email at hbellingreri@classactionrefund.com with any questions.

AAA/NAEMT Request PSOB Coverage for All Medics During COVID-19

On April 9, the AAA and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr requesting the Department of Justice extend coverage under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program to all paramedics and EMTs during the COVID-19 national health emergency. While paramedics and EMTs employed by…

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Savvik: Genlantis Ozilla Sterilization System

Through Savvik’s partnership with Genlantis, we are able to offer this unique unit that could be vital to your members.  This is not cheap to purchase, but if you look at the cost (and limited availability) of protection equipment this starts to make financial sense.  The base cost of the Ozilla $4,799 plus packing and freight.   The optional NEST unit runs $2,059.  With the size and weight of the shipping unit  (36x33x32) , we will need to quote the total delivered based on units and location.  The quote link is below.

Lead time is 2-3 weeks.

http://go.savvik.com/Ozilla.html

Ozone is the most powerful oxidative agent that occurs naturally. With its extra free radical oxygen molecule, ozone is able to destroy germs, viruses, and microbes that may cause surface or air contaminations. Furthermore, ozone leaves no chemical residue typical of alternative detergent or synthetic cleaners, and if handled properly, by converting ozone back to oxygen molecules, it can be one of the most effective sterilizing tools. Ozone is a powerful and natural purifier, and now with the Ozilla® Ozone Sterilizer, Genlantis has made it safer and easier than ever to use ozone gas for multiple sterilization applications.

The Genlantis Ozilla® Sterilization System is a high quality, compact and purpose-built ozone gas generator measuring 13 x 11 x 5 inches. When used properly, it is able to eliminate airborne and surface contaminants and germs. The Ozilla sterilizer is easy and safe to use and has a novel -scrubbing- technology that removes all ozone gases at the end of each sterilization cycle, by converting ozone gas back to oxygen.  As an added advantage, the Ozilla air sterilizer will leave your room or cabinet odor-free and smelling fresh, clean, and ready for your next usage.

AAA Sends Letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Paycheck Protection Program

Earlier today, the AAA sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking that he use his discretionary authority to apply the same terms of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ambulance service organizations with 500 or more employees. The PPP, established by the CARES Act, is only available to businesses with 500 or fewer employees…

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CMMI Delays ET3 Pilot Program Until Fall

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has announced the delay of the start of the ET3 Model Pilot Program. CMMI has delayed the program until the fall of this year. The program was set to begin on May 1. In its notice, CMMI also referenced the interim final rule providing waivers for transport…

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HEROES Act – Tax Free Income for Paramedics and EMTs

On April 3, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) introduced the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations Act of 2020 “HEROES Act of 2020” (H.R. 6433). H.R. 6433 would exclude from gross income, the wages (not to exceed $50,000) from February 15 to June 15 of qualified first responders. Those wages would therefore essentially be tax-free. A…

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AAA Sends Letter to HHS on COVID-19 Response

On April 6, the AAA sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar requesting that the Department distribute direct payments to all ambulance service providers and suppliers who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAA requested funding under the $100 Billion Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund, established…

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AAA Sends Letter to CMS on COVID-19 Response

The AAA has sent a letter to CMS on how the agency can most help ground ambulance service providers and suppliers be better prepared to respond to potential cases of COVID-19. The AAA has requested priority access to personal protection equipment for EMS personnel and COVID-19 test kits and results, as well as easing Medicare…

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President signs law providing funds to combat Corona Virus

President Donald Trump today signed H.R. H.R. 6074 into law, approving $8.3 billion in supplemental appropriations to fund programs in response to the COVID-19 illness. The bill would bolster vaccine development, research, equipment stockpiles, and state and local health budgets as government officials and health workers fight to contain the outbreak, which has claimed 11…

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