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Bill that would help address EMT shortage clears committee

NEW JERSEY – Senator Steven Oroho (R-26) released the following statement after his legislation, S-2223, was approved this week by the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee:

“Throughout New Jersey, EMS and rescue squads are having difficulty recruiting volunteers and retaining staff. This shortage has even led to crew members working double shifts, which is taking a significant toll on the mental and physical health of our EMTs,” said Oroho. “Due to these conditions, volunteer squads have been forced to start billing patients to cover insurance fees and operating costs. Unfortunately, this makes the company providing the training ineligible for training reimbursement. To address this issue, my bill would shift the focus for reimbursement—from requiring the EMS squad to be all volunteer, to ensuring the EMTs who are trained work as volunteers in some capacity.”

The bill, S-2223, would:

  • Permit more entities that provide training to EMT squads to receive reimbursement from the “Emergency Medical Technician Training Fund.”
  • Allow any entity to be eligible for reimbursement from the fund, regardless of whether the entity charges for the provision of basic life support services.
  • Require that all reimbursements from the fund be promptly paid upon receipt of a qualifying application.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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