Trustee Election
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  • PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS
  • EMERGENCY ROOMS
Winning Issue » EMERGENCY ROOMS


At least 20 million Americans do not have health insurance. Most of these people are forced to use hospital emergency rooms as their primary source of medical care. The majority of our nation’s emergency rooms loose hundreds of millions of dollars each year and many have closed for this reason. In human terms, ER patients often wait long periods of time before receiving treatment while others are unable to receive treatment at all. In 2006, at least 500,000 ambulances were diverted to distant hospitals due to overcrowding at local ERs. Trauma injuries account for 42 million emergency room visits and 2 million hospital admissions every year. The costs of these injuries and illnesses are estimated to be more than $400 billion annually, not counting the deaths of nearly 180,000 Americans. From 1990 to 2009, the number of urban-area emergency rooms decreased 27%, from 2,446 to 1,770 -even though ER visits rose by 35% during this time. Data shows that ERs with low profit margins and those at for-profit facilities were nearly twice as likely to close as other ERs. Experts say that we do not have enough emergency room facilities. They claim these assets are woefully inadequate to treat large numbers of victims from a natural disaster or terror attack.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.647 - Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act




Options


  • I oppose reforming current emergency room policy and wish to defeat H.R.647 - Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support reauthorizing funding for trauma and emergency care programs and providing $100 million for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, and wish to pass H.R.647 - Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Michael Burgess (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support reauthorizing funding for trauma and emergency care programs and providing $100 million for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, and wish to pass H.R.647 - Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Michael Burgess (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.647 - Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Michael Burgess (TX) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.647 - Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act
Sponsor: Rep. Michael Burgess, TX
Status: House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman: Rep. Fred Upton, MI


If elected as a trustee, ACEP will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increasing the number of trauma centers, and for improved access to trauma-related services and physician specialties.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the first and largest professional organization of emergency medicine physicians. It is headquartered in Texas and operates an office in Washington, D.C. ACEP has more than 31,000 physician members and exists to support quality emergency medical care and the physicians who provide it. ACEP believes that “quality emergency care is a fundamental right and unobstructed access to emergency services should be available to all patients who perceive the need for emergency services.” ACEP states it is an active force in Washington, DC, working on important issues that affect emergency medical care. ACEP's federal advocacy efforts revolve around one thing: ensuring that life-saving emergency care is there when it’s needed nationwide. ACEP also works with its chapters to support local legislation favorable to emergency medicine. ACEP and its chapters work together to pursue critical state legislative initiatives such as addressing the medical liability crisis, ensuring patient access to emergency medical care, and promoting public safety.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020