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  • Stakeholder Organizations Contact Leaders of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee Members and the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committe and its Health Subcommittee Regarding Shortage of Essential Emergency Medications (June 11, 2018) NASEMSO joined a group of nine organizations whose members are directly responsible for response to disasters and daily emergency situations in group letters to leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Health Subcommittee, asking that they take action to ensure the availability of essential emergency medical medications (EEMs) for everyday patient needs and ensure the ability to respond to public health emergencies. The letter expressed concerns about the current situation, in which emergency medical services (EMS) agencies, emergency departments, and hospitals across the United States are currently severely restricting use of IV fluids, pain nedications, anti-nausea medications, sedatives, and airway management medications. Without urgent intervention, there is concern that these restrictions will lead to rationing and, ultimately, to complete lack of availability of EEMs.
  • Informal Coalition on Biodefense and Public Health Preparedness Reaches Out to Senate HELP Committee in Support of S. 2852 (May 22, 2018) In a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, NASEMSO was one of 21 organizations who joined the Informal Coalition on Biodefense and Public Health Preparedness in support of S. 2852, Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 (PAHPAI). As PAHPAI moves forward, the coalition recommends that the committee increase authorized funding levels for all programs so that they are better able to achieve their respective missions. The coalition supports a standing rapid response fund to provide bridge funding between base preparedness funding and supplemental appropriations for acute emergencies and emerging threats. The coalition stated that stakeholders appreciate that PAHPAI strengthens existing authorities for the Public Health Emergency Fund (PHEF) but at the same time they urge Congress to create a mechanism to fund and replenish the PHEF. Without sufficient, dedicated funding, it will be impossible to quickly access funds when needed. Further, it is important that the PHEF does not transfer money away from existing public health and preparedness resources, but rather supplements these important programs. Download letter of support.
     
  • NASEMSO Signs on to Letter Asking Leaders at ASPR/HHS and FDA to Take Action to Ensure the Availability of Essential Emergency Medications (May 16, 2018) In a letter to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dept. of Health & Human Services, and the Commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration, NASEMSO and six other stakeholder organizations expressed concern about the current shortage of Essential Emergency Medications (EEM), which is threatening lives on a daily basis and leaves the United States unprepared to respond to disasters. The letter asks that the agencies elevate attention to ensuring the availability of EEM for everyday patient needs and ensure the ability to respond to public health emergencies. Download: letter to ASPR/HHS and FDA leaders.
     
  • NASEMSO Signs on to Letter with Other Stakeholders Asking Senate and House Leaders to Allocate Funds for Both Opioid Overdose Treatment and Prevention Efforts (Mar. 5, 2018) In recent letters to leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health & Human Services and to leaders of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health & Human Services, 26 stakeholder organizations (including NASEMSO) who are members of the Injury and Violence Prevention Network encouraged Congress to "support a comprehensive response by allocating funds for both opioid overdose treatment and prevention efforts. While the 21st Century Cures Act provided an initial down payment of $500 million in FY 2017 and FY 2018 for opioid treatment and prevention efforts, none of the funds were appropriated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation’s lead federal agency for public health and prevention efforts." Download: letter to Senate subcommittee leaders and letter to House subcommittee members.