Emergency Medical Services Amendments

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Emergency Medical Services Amendments

Emergency Medical Services Amendments

Act Details

Emergency Medical Services Amendments was, as a bill, a proposal (now, a piece of legislation) introduced on 1975-10-22 in the House of Commons and Senate respectively of the 94 United States Congress by Alan Cranston in relation with: Accidents, Appropriations, Emergency medical services, Emergency medicine, Federal advisory bodies, Fires, Health, Independent regulatory commissions, Joint diseases, Medical care, personnel, and facilities, Public health.

Emergency Medical Services Amendments became law (1) in the United States on 1976-10-21

It was referred to the following Committee(s): (2)

Senate Labor and Public Welfare (SSHR)

Alan Cranston, member of the US congress
Alan Cranston, Democrat, Senator from California

The proposal had the following cosponsors:

James Glenn Beall, Republican, Senator, from Maryland
Robert Dole, Senator, from Kansas
Thomas Eagleton, Senator, from Missouri
William Dodd Hathaway, Democrat, Senator, from Maine
Jacob Koppel Javits, Republican, Senator, from New York
Edward Kennedy, Democrat, Senator, from Massachusetts
Paul Laxalt, Senator, from Nevada
Warren Grant Magnuson, Democrat, Senator, from Washington
Jonathan Trumbull, Federalist, from Connecticut
Gaylord Anton Nelson, Democrat, Senator, from Wisconsin
Claiborne De Borda Pell, Democrat, Senator, from Rhode Island
Jennings Randolph, Democrat, Senator, from West Virginia
Richard Schultz Schweiker, Republican, Senator, from Pennsylvania
Robert Theodore Stafford, Republican, Senator, from Vermont
Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Democrat, Representative, from Illinois, district 13
Robert Alphonso Taft, Republican, Senator, from Ohio
John Varick Tunney, Democrat, Senator, from California
Harrison Arlington Williams, Democrat, Senator, from New Jersey

Act Overview

  • Number: 2548 (3)
  • Official Title as Introduced: An Act to revise and extend the provisions of title XII of the Public Health Services Act relating to emergency medical services systems, and for other purposes (4)
  • Short Title: Emergency Medical Services Amendments
  • Date First Introduced: 1975-10-22
  • Sponsor Name: Harrison Arlington Williams
  • Assignment Process: See Committe Assignments (5)
  • Latest Major Activity/Action: Enacted
  • Date Enacted (signed, in general (6), by President): 1976-10-21
  • Type: s (7)
  • Main Topic: Health
  • Related Bills: (8)

    hr12664-94, Reason: related, Type: bill

  • Summary of Emergency Medical Services Amendments: Govtrack. Authored by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress.
  • Primary Source: Congress Website

Text of the Emergency Medical Services Amendments

(Senate agreed to House amendment with amendment) Emergency Medical Services Amendments – Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize a second planning grant or contract to assist an entity in updating its emergency medical services (EMS) plan for the purposes of: (1) expansion and improvement; or (2) improving such services for rural and medically underserved population areas. Requires entities applying for such grants to submit evidence that the executive or legislative governing bodies in their jurisdictions have pledged support of the regional or statewide EMS system. Requires entities receiving such grants to report at such intervals as the Secretary of Health Education and Welfare shall prescribe on the results of planning projects funded by such grants. Directs that in awarding grants for research related to the delivery of emergency medical services to rural areas special emphasis be placed on research which concentrates on the identification and utilization of methods to apply the results of rural-related EMS research. Limits grant or contract support to five years with the exception of specified planning grants. Requires to be eligible for grants and contracts that an EMS system: (1) have the capability to communicate in the language of the predominant population groups with limited English speaking ability in the system's service area; (2) have the capability to communicate with those who have auditory handicaps; (3) make maximum use of communications equipment made available under the Highway Safety Act and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; and (4) provide the Secretary with such information as requested in the conduct of periodic comprehensive and independent evaluations. Authorizes the appropriation of specified sums for purposes of making EMS grants and contracts in fiscal years 1976 through 1979. Revises the administration of EMS grants and contracts increasing the role of EMS units in the development of regulations and guidelines. Requires the Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services to disseminate information on Federal programs relating to emergency medical services funding to recommend uniform standards of quality and health and safety related to emergency medical services and to take steps to encourage States to reinforce such standards. Makes hospitals and entities meeting specified requirements eligible for EMS training grants. Requires hospital training programs to meet such requirements as may be established by the Secretary. Requires that 30 percent of such grants be used for the training of physicians in emergency medicine. Allows the Secretary to make grants to and enter into contracts with public or private nonprofit entities for the conduct of programs to: (1) demonstrate the effectiveness of techniques used in treating burns and rehabilitating burn victims; (2) research treatment and rehabilitation of such individuals; and (3) provide training in such treatment rehabilitation and research. Directs the Secretary to conduct studies to identify the categories of patients which should be included in a uniform reporting system used to evaluate the effectiveness of EMS systems and burn injury programs under such Act. Extends the expiration date of the National Commission on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases to December 31 1976. Extends the expiration date of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research to December 31 1977. Amends the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Rehabilitation Act of 1970 to permit the Secretary to review and approve National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grants in the amounts lower than $250000.

Act Notes

  • [Note 1] An Act (like Emergency Medical Services Amendments) or a resolution cannot become a law in the United States until it has been approved (passed) in identical form by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as signed by the President (but see (5)). If the two bodys of the Congress versions of an Act are not identical, one of the bodies might decide to take a further vote to adopt the bill (see more about the Congress process here). An Act may be pass in identical form with or without amendments and with or without conference. (see more about Enrollment).
  • [Note 2] Proposals are referred to committees for preliminary consideration, then debated, amended, and passed (or rejected) by the full House or Senate. To prevent endless shuttling of bills between the House and Senate, bills like Emergency Medical Services Amendments are referred to joint committees made up of members of both houses.
  • [Note 3] For more information regarding this legislative proposal, go to THOMAS, select “Bill Number,” search on (Emergency Medical Services Amendments)
  • [Note 4] An Act to revise and extend the provisions of title XII of the Public Health Services Act relating to emergency medical services systems, and for other purposes. The current official title of a bill is always present, assigned at introduction (for example, in this case, on 1975-10-22) and can be revised any time. This type of titles are sentences.
  • [Note 5] The Act is referred to the appropriate committee by the Speaker of any of the two Houses. Bills are placed on the calendar of the committee to which they have been assigned. See Assignment Process.
  • [Note 6] Regarding exceptions to President´s approval, a bill that is not signed (returned unsigned) by the President can still become law if at lest two thirds of each of the two bodys of the Congress votes to pass it, which is an infrequent case. See also Presidential Veto.
  • [Note 7] Legislative Proposal types can be: hr, hres, hjres, hconres, s, sres, sjres, sconres. A bill originating in the Senate is designated by the letter “S”, and a bill originating from the House of Representatives begins with “H.R.”, followed, in both cases, by its individual number which it retains throughout all its parliamentary process.
  • [Note 8] For information regarding related bill/s to Emergency Medical Services Amendments, go to THOMAS.


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Emergency medical services
Emergency medicine
Federal advisory bodies
Independent regulatory commissions
Joint diseases
Medical care, personnel, and facilities
Public health

Further Reading

  • “How our laws are made”, Edward F Willett; Jack Brooks, Washington, U.S. G.P.O.
  • “To make all laws : the Congress of the United States, 1789-1989”, James H Hutson- Washington, Library of Congress.
  • “Bills introduced and laws enacted: selected legislative statistics, 1947-1990”, Rozanne M Barry; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.

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