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by: Connie Meyer - NAEMT President

EMS Professionals from Across the Country are Encouraged to Register for EMS on the Hill Day, to be held on March 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), this event welcomes EMS professionals from across the nation to come together and tell their members of Congress about the challenges they face in providing emergency medical care, and to advocate for the passage of key EMS legislation.

EMS on the Hill Day: - Includes representation from all sec- tors of the EMS community

- Sends a consistent message to our elected leaders on the important issues facing EMS in our country

- Builds and strengthens our relation- ships with Senate and House leaders and their staff

Program highlights include:

March 20, 2 p.m. - Bonus event: As an added benefit for 2012, attendees will be able to participate, free of change, in the Reimbursement Task Force meeting of the American Ambulance Association at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at the Washington Plaza Hotel. The meeting will address reimbursement issues affect- ing EMS and will discuss health care reform, Medicare ambulance relief and other hot topics.

March 20, 5 p.m. - Participants meet for an informative pre-Hill visit briefing.

March 21, morning/afternoon - Participants attend scheduled appoint- ments with their Senate and House lead- ers and their staff to talk about challenges they face and EMS legislation that can help.

March 21, evening - Participants relax and gather together for a post-Hill visit reception.

The Washington Plaza Hotel serves as headquarters for the event.

“This event is hosted by NAEMT to help ensure that EMS has a strong voice in the nation’s capitol and in government decisions that affect EMS practitioners and their ability to provide quality care to their patients,” says Jim Judge, Director, Region II, and NAEMT Advocacy Committee Chair. “Please join me and EMS professionals from throughout the nation as we work to educate our con- gressional leaders on EMS issues and advocate for the passage of key EMS leg- islation. The success of this event depends on participation from the EMS community, so please join us as we work to make EMS on the Hill Day 2012 the best year yet.” EMS

Partnership Award The American Ambulance Assoc. (AAA) announced its 2011 award winners, with NAEMT selected as the recipient of the 2011 Association Partnership Award. This award is pre- sented to organizations or individuals who have made an outstanding com- mitment of time and resources in accomplishing a specific objective or project for the AAA.

"NAEMT supports the very core of what the ambulance service is, and that is the employees, the EMTs," said Steve Williamson, AAA president. "Their advocacy, time and talent goes hand-in-hand with the AAA's legisla- tive efforts."

NAEMT has gone above and beyond in assisting the AAA with its advocacy efforts regarding Medicare relief legislation and Public Safety Officers Death Benefits, as well as sup- porting the annual medic recognition program, Stars of Life, the AAA notes.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national membership association for EMS practitioners, including Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders, and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine. More than 30,000 NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government third service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance ser- vices, private companies, industrial and special operations settings and in the military. NAEMT is the united voice representing all EMS prac- titioners on the issues that matter most. For more information, visit

4 December 2011

NAEMT Receives AAA Association

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