NAEMSP Goes to Washington
With record membership and attendance at its annual meeting, the National Association of EMS Physicians has growing clout on the American medical scene, and its new political action committee aims to make the most of it by influencing lawmakers and candidates on issues of importance to EMS.
The new PAC, announced at this week’s NAEMSP show in San Diego, is “the only ethical mechanism by which we as an organization can speak directly” to those influencers, President Brent Myers, MD, told attendees. “It’s our responsibility as professionals,” he added, and the tool will be used to advocate for patients, providers and communities.
Myers opened the show with a brief update and review of recent activity, which included pushing for passage of the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (“We are thrilled about that”) and development of a challenge coin to recognize unique contributions to the organization. PAC donors at various levels will get the coins and other rewards in return. The levels are:
- House Level: $250 to $499;
- Senate Level: $500 to $1,199;
- Cabinet Level: $1,200 to $2,999
- President Level: $3,000 to $4,999
- Huge, Bigly Level: $5,000.
“We are excited to embark on this next step in our continued mission to provide leadership and foster excellence in EMS,” the organization said in a statement. “Together, with meaningful and sustained civic engagement, we can truly make a difference for EMS and our patients.” For more see www.naemsppac.com.