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 Protection Program loans to August 8 from June 30. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which oversees the program with the Treasury Department, stopped accepting loan applications at midnight Tuesday. The extension is intended to provide more time for small businesses to apply for the approximately $129 billion in PPP funding remaining. The program provides forgivable loans that small businesses and other qualifying entities can use to cover payroll and other select costs. The AAA will continue to press the Congress and federal agencies for help to ensure ambulance service organizations and our paramedics and EMTs serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have the necessary resources and financial assistance to serve their communities....

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The AAA Public Relations Campaign Continues

AAA has once again teamed up with Mercury Public Affairs to run a public affairs campaign to ensure that Emergency First Responders are not forgotten by Congress. For this campaign, our key message is as follows: America’s front-line first responders, including paramedics, EMTs, and critical care nurses, are the very first medical professionals seen by all citizens that access healthcare using the 9-1-1 system.  Surpisingly, Washington has forgotten all about them as the virus spreads, and our emergency response providers are being infected with COVID-19. Ambulance services are the public health and safety net for our country, but they have only gotten one tenth of the relief they are owed. Some are even being forced to shut down operations in communities across our country.  Ambulance services have also been treating more and more patients at home for ailments like diabetes and asthma because emergency rooms are full. They have not been reimbursed for these critical services. To take action and participate in this campaign, please visit the American Ambulance Association Action page. Public Affairs Campaign We have worked with our government relations team to identify the following Senators as the focus of our campaign: Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Chuck Grassley (more…)

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 develops its next economic stimulus legislation to address the impact of COVID-19, the AAA has met with leaders and staff on Capitol Hill to increase the percentage of the general allocation of funds under the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) for ground ambulance services providers and suppliers to equal a total of $2.89 billion in funds for our industry. The $2.89 billion reflects $48,000 per ambulance with an estimated 60,000 registered vehicles. We greatly appreciate the recent payments under the Fund which will help with our current situation. However, the ground ambulance services industry is only 0.90% of Medicare fee-for-service annual outlays which resulted in $270 million for our industry in round one of PHSSEF payments. This figure is disproportional to the large role of ground ambulance service providers and suppliers in responding to COVID-19 and our increased costs and reduced revenues...

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Study | Nationwide EMS Calls Have Dropped 26%, Attended Deaths Doubled

From the University at Buffalo News Center Since early March and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., 911 calls for emergency medical services have dropped by 26.1 % compared to the past two years, a new study led by a University at Buffalo researcher has found. But the study also found that EMS-attended deaths have doubled, indicating that when EMS calls were made, they often involved a far more serious emergency. Study Details Effect of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19) Pandemic on the United States Emergency Medical Services System: A Preliminary Report E. Brooke Lerner PhD Craig D. Newgard MD, MPH N. Clay Mann PhD, MS, MBA

Always In Our Hearts

Please join the American Ambulance Association in honoring those who have fallen serving their communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. What does it mean to be a hero? Paramedics, EMTs, nurses, and firefighters risk their lives every day to serve on the… Posted by American Ambulance Association on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 #EMS providers risk their lives every day to serve on the front lines of #COVID19. Tragically, this means that some don’t make it home to their families. It is our responsibility to honor their memories and support their loved ones. #SupportEMS #PSOB #NotJustaRide #alwaysopen pic.twitter.com/vv7XF7mCH6 — AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) June 30, 2020

UK | AACE Welcomes New Chair

ASSOCIATION OF AMBULANCE CHIEF EXECUTIVES WELCOMES NEW CHAIR DAREN MOCHRIE AS ANTHONY MARSH COMPLETES SECOND TERM OF OFFICE The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) has welcomed the Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Service Daren Mochrie QAM as its new Chair, following the culmination of two successful terms and almost eight years at the helm for Anthony Marsh QAM, the Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service. AACE Managing Director Martin Flaherty OBE said: “The backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic means this is a particularly challenging time for ambulance services so the kind of strong leadership that we have enjoyed over the past eight years will be absolutely key to the ongoing progress of AACE and the wider ambulance sector. This is why we are especially pleased to welcome Daren Mochrie as our new Chair and look forward to working alongside him to support the development of our growing organisation while ensuring the voice of the ambulance sector is clearly heard. “Our outgoing Chair, Professor Anthony Marsh, has been an inspirational figure in so many ways and has overseen the growth of AACE since July 2012. We are all grateful for the commitment and hard work he has devoted (more…)

Here to Help Everyone

We live our values each day by providing every community member with safe, on-demand #mobilehealthcare. In an emergency, please do not hesitate to call 911 for #EMS. It is our honor to care for you and your family in your time of need. We live our values every day by providing our communities with safe, on-demand mobile healthcare. In an emergency,… Posted by American Ambulance Association on Monday, June 8, 2020 We live our values each day by providing every community member with safe, on-demand #mobilehealthcare. In an emergency, please do not hesitate to call 911 for #EMS. It is our honor to care for you and your family in your time of need. #MinutesMatter #AlwaysOpen #HereToHelp pic.twitter.com/ISJEHap0Fu — AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) June 8, 2020 Like & Share on Facebook | Retweet on Twitter

EMT Breonna Taylor’s Family Grieves A Life ‘Robbed’

From NPR.com,  “As The Nation Chants Her Name, Breonna Taylor’s Family Grieves A Life ‘Robbed‘” The work schedule of an EMT could be grueling; it was especially so in early March, as worries about coronavirus spread. But those who knew her say Taylor welcomed the opportunity to give back and to make a difference in someone’s life. Friends and family agree that Taylor was attracted to a career in health care because she cared about people. In a Facebook post Taylor made as her uncle recovered from a stroke last year, she wrote: Working in health care is so rewarding. It makes me feel so happy when I know I’ve made a difference in someone else’s life. I’m so appreciative of all the staff that has helped my uncle throughout this difficult time and those that will continue to make a difference in his life. Read the full NPR article►