MARCH 19, 2020
AAMS MEMBERS PROVIDE FRONTLINE CARE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Association requests legislative aide from VP Michael Pence
Alexandria, Va. – The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), representing the critical care transport industry – both air and ground – submitted a letter to Vice President Michael Pence this week requesting specific policy and legislative requests to assist in responding to the COVID-19 crisis as well as managing the ongoing medical needs of the communities they serve.
“Our AAMS members are working diligently on the front lines to provide critical care in communities around the world and to ensure the transportation needs of our patients can and will continue to be met,” said Cameron Curtis, AAMS President & CEO. “In some cases, this may dictate changing the mode of transport based on a number of factors including severity of the patient, distance to be traveled, capability of supporting staff and resource availability,” she added.
In the March 18 letter to Vice President Pence, Cameron and AAMS Board Chair Deborah Boudreaux requested regulatory waivers and exemptions to provide state funding for childcare reimbursement for essential emergency healthcare providers and suppliers, and prioritization of certain flights to facilitate the rapid provision of needed air ambulance transportation services. On behalf of its members, AAMS also requested a payroll tax holiday, priority access to protective equipment, exemption from National Guard or military duty, as well as specific leave and childcare support to address the challenges of EMS providers and services.
AAMS continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the EMS COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Working Group, hosted by the NHTSA Office of EMS and includes CDC, DHS, and DHHS Office of Preparedness, as well as multiple National EMS affiliated associations. The association is also staying apprised of updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will provide updates as they become available on www.AAMS.org.
Established in 1980, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), is an international trade association headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. AAMS is a non-profit 501C (6) trade association that represents and advocates on behalf of the critical care transport industry to enhance their ability to deliver quality, safe, and effective medical care and medical transportation for every patient in-need. The 2020 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) will be held November 2-4, 2020, in Music City Center, Nashville, TN.
Air Evac Lifeteam, Georgia, Photo credit Mark Mennie/AAMS
Cameron Curtis, AAMS President & CEO