Tell Your Representative You Support Community Paramedicine!

NYMIHA has been working hard over the past several years to work with other stakeholders both within and outside of EMS to raise awareness about the need for legislation to help enable EMS to become a more integrated part of our healthcare system with the ability to not only respond to emergencies, but to work in collaboration with hospitals, physicians, and other community health stakeholders to help prevent emergencies as well.

Thanks to our persistence, CP legislation is more likely than ever. Community Paramedicine was among the top recommendations of the NYS Dept of Health’s “Regulatory Modernization Initiative” and as such, was included in this year’s governor’s budget bill.

The language is also uniquely balanced between allowing for flexibilty in the creation of community paramedicine programs while ensuring collaboration, not duplication, with other healthcare stakeholder groups.

The NYS Senate has also included CP Language in their version of the Budget Bill, but the Assembly has not. WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW MORE THAN EVER!

NYMIHA is pleased to support this legislation and would urge all of our partners both within and beyond EMS to use your voice to help support the bill. Our letter of support can be accessed here: NYMIHA MIS re Gov CP Bill.

Contact your Assemblyman and tell them that YOU WANT EMS TO BE ALLOWED TO HELP PEOPLE BEFORE THEY CALL 911 !!. We would only be doing this in collaboration with primary care or specialty physicians, hospitals, and other partners such as Home Care, Behavior Health, Schools, Community Centers, Shelters, and Clinics.

Would you ask Firefighters to wait for a fire to break out or to work on preventing them?
Would you ask Police to wait for a crime to happen or to work on stopping it from occurring?
Then why wouldn’t we want to use every available resource INCLUDING EMS to help our communities BEFORE it becomes an emergency!

Use our template language to email your representative.

This is a very significant moment for EMS and the healthcare community in New York State and we ask all of our members to sign and send a letter to your Assembly Member to support this legislation (see the downloadable template below) Additionally, we encourage everyone to get their friends, relatives, colleagues and any other interested parties to send letters to their New York State Senator and Assembly Member. The following links should help you locate and contact your representatives:

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Below we have posted the Template Email Support for CP, the proposed legislation, and the official NYMIHA memo in support. If you have not already, join NYMIHA for the latest news and developments in mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine.

Template Letter to Legislator

NYMIHA Letter of Support: