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Legislation to revitalize emergency medical services introduced in New York

In response to the growing crisis in New York’s emergency medical services (EMS), state lawmakers and the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) are pushing for new legislation. The crisis, characterized by a shortage of volunteers and increasing wait times, poses a significant risk, especially in rural areas of the state. This situation has raised concerns about the potential danger to lives due to delayed emergency responses.

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The proposed legislative package aims to strengthen EMS operations across New York, particularly focusing on support for rural communities. Key elements of this legislation include granting local governments the authority to establish and fund county EMS services, offering financial incentives to EMS workers, and revising Medicaid reimbursement rates to better reflect current needs.

NYSAC President Daniel McCoy emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating that the reforms are designed to provide counties with necessary flexibility. The goal is to ensure reliable and timely lifesaving services when residents call for help. This legislative initiative represents a concerted effort to address the critical challenges facing EMS services in New York State.