S. 2154, Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014

S. 2154

Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014

Sponsor
Sen. Robert P. Casey

Date
September 15, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the House will consider S. 2154, the Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  S. 2154 was introduced on March 25, 2014 by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) and passed in the Senate, with an amendment, by unanimous consent.  S. 2154 was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The bill is virtually identical to H.R. 4290, the Wakefield Act of 2014, which the House passed last week.

Bill Summary

S. 2154 reauthorizes the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program through FY 2019.

Background

The mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program is “to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity caused by severe illness or trauma.”[1]  The program ensures that: state of the art emergency medical care is available for ill and injured children; pediatric service is well-integrated into an emergency medical service system backed by optimal resources; and all emergency services are available regardless of location.[2]

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[1] http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/emergencymedical/
[2] See Id.

Cost

2154 would reduce spending by decreasing the authorization of appropriations for the program from the current $30,387,656 each year to $20,213,000, which is the appropriated amount.

CBO estimates that enacting S. 2154 would authorize appropriations of about $20 million in 2015 and $101 million over the 2015-2019 period.  This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.[3]

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[3] http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/s2154.pdf

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.