H.R. 1818, Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2015

H.R. 1818

Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2015

Date
May 11, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 1818, Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 1818 was introduced on April 15, 2015 by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on April 27, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1818 would establish a program for states with a shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to streamline state requirements and procedures in order to assist veterans with military EMT training to meet requirements for becoming civilian EMTs.

Background

In many parts of the country, emergency medical services are having difficulty filling medical technician positions within their company. Simultaneously, men and women that have served in the Armed Forces as medics are often well qualified for these positions. However, even though these veterans are often well suited to fill these positions, they require additional education in order to gain civilian accreditation.

According to the bill sponsor, “many veteran military medics are required to take classes they have already completed in the military to satisfy the civilian licensure system, needlessly delaying their entry into the civilian workforce and driving up educational costs.”[1]

H.R. 1818 seeks to streamline this process in order to provide transitioning members of the Armed Forces with civilian jobs while simultaneously addressing the EMT shortage across the country.

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[1] http://kinzinger.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399122

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jason Grassie with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 3-1555.