Access Act Provisions Considered for Senate Bill


Sen. Debbie Stabenow at the introduction of Access to Emergency Medical Services Act

Sen. Debbie Stabenow at the introduction of Access to Emergency Medical Services Act

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is finalizing its health care reform proposal. ACEP has been working with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the sponsor of the “Access to Emergency Medical Services Act” (S. 468), to include the provisions of the bill in the Senate Finance Committee package.

Sen. Stabenow and ACEP need your help. Sen. Stabenow’s office has notified ACEP staff that the Finance Committee is reluctant to include these provisions unless they hear from other Senators on the Finance Committee about the importance of this legislation.

You can help. Take immediate action on behalf of all emergency physicians and your patients.

Please check the following list and if your Senator is on the Finance Committee, please call the number listed, ask to speak to the health policy staff person also on the list and urge them to weigh in with Finance Committee staff about the importance of including the emergency medicine provisions of S. 468 in their draft legislation. Please do not call all the Senators in the list.  Only call your Senator’s office.

Briefly, the “Access to Emergency Medical Services Act” (S. 468) would:

  1. Create a national commission to examine all the issues affecting access to emergency care and provide recommendations to Congress on how to address these problems
  2. Provide additional resources (10% add-on payment) to physicians who provide EMTALA-related services to Medicare beneficiaries
  3. Create a CMS working group to develop boarding and ambulance diversion standards, guidelines, measures and incentives.

Questions? Contact Brad Gruehn or Jeanne Slade in ACEP’s Washington, DC office at 202-728-0610. Please call your Senator’s office before the close of business, Tuesday, June 23.
 
U.S. Senate Finance Committee   

Senate Member                         Staff Member                Contact Number

 

Max Baucus (D-MT)                    Liz Fowler                       (202) 224-4515

Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)               Jocelyn Moore                 (202) 224-6472

Kent Conrad (D-ND)                    Kate Spaziani                  (202) 224-2043

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)                 Fred Isasi                        (202) 224-5521

John Kerry (D-MA)                      Alison Bonebrak              (202) 224-2742

Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)               Ashley Ridlon                 (202) 224-4843

Ron Wyden (D-OR)                     Eva Dugoff                      (202) 224-5244

Chuck Schumer (D-NY)               Meghan Taira                  (202) 224-6542

Maria Cantwell (D-WA)                Mark Iozzi                      (202) 224-3441

Bill Nelson (D-FL)                       Madeline Otto                 (202) 224-5274

Bob Menendez (D-NJ)                 Emma Palmer                (202) 224-4744

Tom Carper (D-DE)                      Racquel Russell            (202) 224-2441

Chuck Grassley (R-IA)                 Mark Hayes                  (202) 224-4515

Orrin Hatch (R-UT)                       Pattie DeLoatche          (202) 224-5251

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)               Bill Pewen                     (202) 224-5344

Jon Kyl (R-AZ)                            Jennifer Romans            (202) 224-4521

Jim Bunning (R-KY)                     Holly Santry                   (202) 224-4343

Mike Crapo (R-ID)                        Katie Oppenheim           (202) 224-6142

Pat Roberts (R-KS)                      Alison Anway                 (202) 224-4774

John Ensign (R-NV)                      Michelle Spence             (202) 224-6244

Mike Enzi (R-WY)                        Chuck Clapton                (202) 224-3424

John Cornyn (R-TX)                      Stephanie Carlton            (202) 224-2934

 

 

 

 

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