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Friday, May 19, 2017

Capitol Update from State Rep. Martin Causer: Honoring a Potter County Veteran; Supporting Ambulance Services


Celebrating Older Americans Month
         

 
I was happy to join with area senior citizens and officials from the Bradford Ecumenical Home, United Way of Bradford and Northwest Savings Bank for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the “As I Age Wall.” The wall helps celebrate Older Americans Month and is available through the end of May in the parking lot of the Northwest Savings Bank at 85 W. Washington St.
                  


         
Bill to Boost Reimbursement for Ambulance Services Advances

Ambulance companies would be reimbursed for providing medical treatment, even if a patient refuses transport to a hospital, under legislation approved by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

This is an issue that has been raised many times in our public meetings about the challenges facing our ambulance companies. Under current law, EMS agencies can only be reimbursed by insurance companies if they transport the patient, even though time is spent, supplies are used and services are provided regardless of whether a transport takes place.

House Bill 1013 would allow for reimbursement when transport does not take place as long as the following conditions are met: The Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit must be dispatched by a county 911 center, and the EMS provider must have rendered care even though the transport was refused.

As the bill awaits consideration in the full House, I continue to work on two other measures I have introduced to help our ambulance companies:
  • House Bill 400 aims to boost EMS training opportunities in rural areas by increasing the funding available through the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund (EMSOF) and requiring not less than 30 percent of the fund be used for training in rural Pennsylvania communities.
  • House Bill 699 would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for emergency medical services, which haven’t been adjusted since 2004. The current rates for ALS and BLS are $200 and $120 per trip, respectively, which is more than 200 percent below Medicare and commercial insurance reimbursements.
                                                  


         
 
You’re Invited! Bridge Dedication Honoring Sgt. Paul M. Brown

This Saturday, May 20, I am honored to join area veterans and members of the community in dedicating the Route 872 bridge over Bailey Run in Wharton Township, Potter County, as the Sgt. Paul M. Brown Memorial Bridge.

Sgt. Brown lost his life during combat operations in South Korea on March 2, 1951, during his second tour of duty in service to our country. He had also served in World War II.

During the ceremony, we will hear from Sgt. Brown’s great niece, Mrs. Gloria (Brown) Bailey, along with Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs William “Bill” Simpson and Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel, who also serves as vice chairman for the National Veteran and Military Service Committee.

The bridge was named in honor of Sgt. Brown in Act 159 of 2016.
                


         
 
Fish for Free Coming Up Next Weekend!

On Sunday, May 28, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations will still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. Find more information here.
                


         
No More Robo Calls on Holidays?

Legislation that responds to widespread consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing and robo-calls passed the House recently.

House Bill 105 would improve the state’s telemarketing law by making registrations on the do-not-call list permanent, rather than re-registering after five years; prohibiting the calls on legal holidays; requiring telemarketers using a robo-call system to provide an opt-out process within the first few seconds of each call; and requiring robo-calls left on a voicemail to include a toll-free call back number that would directly connect a person to an opt-out process.

These commonsense reforms would make life easier for Pennsylvanians who do not want to receive so many telemarketing solicitations or robo-calls. Registration on the list will not prevent all calls; individuals with an existing relationship with a company, along with charitable and political calls, are exempt. The bill now goes to the Senate for review.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

No More Robo Calls on Holidays? - So they will make twice as many calls on weekdays! BIG BUSINESS RULES! - don't ever never forget it.

Anonymous said...

How about the calla from irs that are not the IRS, saying you have a warrant out for you arrest ??????? are these for real???????