capitolbldg.no.cloudsHouse Transportation Committee Releases FAA Reauthorization Draft

AAMS Endorses H.R. 4365, Protecting Patients Access to Emergency Medications Act

 

House Transportation Committee Releases FAA Reauthorization Draft

Last week, the Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released its draft of FAA Reauthorization legislation. This draft will be the basis for a committee markup likely to be held later this week. The legislation has raised some controversy as it seeks to create a not-for-profit corporation to privatize the air traffic control system. Equally controversial is the use of expanded user fees to help fund the legislation. However, AAMS is very pleased the legislation includes language, led by Rep. Sam Graves and supported by AAMS, to require the markings of certain towers over 50 feet and create a publicly accessible database of such towers and their locations. AAMS is still in the process of reviewing the provisions of this comprehensive legislation, including an expansive section on UAVs. We will continue to keep you updated on relevant provisions as our review continues. For those of you who are interested, read the full bill text here.

AAMS Endorses H.R. 4365, Protecting Patients Access to Emergency Medications Act

AAMS is pleased to be a supporting organization of H.R. 4365, Protecting Patients Access to Emergency Medications Act. H.R. 4365 was introduced on February 3rd by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) in response to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) proposal to eliminate standing orders for the distribution of narcotics. The bill preserves the use of standing orders under medical direction for emergency service providers and provides needed clarity to an emergency service providers ability to transport narcotics between its facilities. This legislation is critical to the ability of EMS clinicians to administer narcotics to patients in a timely manner under medical direction. AAMS thanks Rep. Hudson for his support of the EMS transport community. We urge all AAMS members to contact their federal Senators and Representatives and ask them to support H.R. 4365.  Access the full text of H.R. 4365 here.