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The 106th Legislature, First Regular Session

 

This week at the Nebraska Legislature was marked by continued morning debate with advancement of a good number of bills and more afternoon committee hearings. There are two more weeks left of committee hearings. Next week all priority bills will be selected, and the Unicameral will turn its attention to those priorities.
 
An important hearing for NEMSA took place this week on Wednesday afternoon. Notes on the hearing, and the testimony offered on behalf of NEMSA are below.
  
LB666 (Dorn) Change Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund provisions and provide for a transfer to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska for a program to train first responders and emergency medical technicians in rural areas
  • Senator Dorn, a volunteer EMT on the Adams squad, introduced LB666 to appropriate $200,000 for FY2019-20 and $200,000 for FY2020-21 from the Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund to the University of Nebraska for the University of Nebraska Medical Center to be used for the Simulation in Motion program to train first responders and emergency medical technicians in rural areas. Senator Dorn discussed the challenges of recruiting and training volunteers and maintaining licensure.
  • Joe Wiebold testified in support on behalf of the Nebraska Emergency Medical Services Association. He spoke of the outstanding training SIM-NE provided to his service’s staff, which handles critical care transports involving complicated protocols for medically fragile patients. He talked about the versatility and mobility of the training offered. Emergency medical care is a public service that should be supported by our state. LB666 is a reasonable request that NEMSA urged the committee to incorporate in its budget. 
  • Craig Vyhnalek, EMS Chief in Wilbur, testified in favor of the bill, discussing challenges in recruitment and training and the big benefit of on-site team training through SIM-NE.
  • Doug Decker, Program Manager of SIM-NE at UNMC, discussed the important statewide reach of SIM-NE and how high-fidelity medical simulation is beneficial to improving skills. Training has been provided for free, as the trucks and three years of initial operation were provided by a charitable grant. The $200,000 would cover a small part of SIM-NE’s $1.2 million budget, a state buy-in to help leverage other resources. SIM-NE has done 250 trainings in 18 months in 87 counties.
  • Jerry Stillmock testified in support on behalf of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association and State Fire Chiefs Association.
  • There were no opponents or neutral testimony.
  • In closing, Senator Bolz asked Senator Dorn about local tax revenue support for EMS, as Mr. Stillmock had mentioned there are some instances there are no city, village, county, or rural fire district tax dollars flowing to local EMS providers and services are relying on revenue from collections from services provided. Senator Dorn explained Gage County’s funding and that unless an EMS service is associated with a fire department, there may be no way to get funding.

The Appropriations Committee will now consider whether to include this funding in the budget the committee puts forward for consideration next month.
 
Please let us know if you have questions on this or other bills of interest.

Wishing you all safety and strength as you battle weather and water across the state,
Michelle and Katie


 

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