New Bill Aims to Reduce Emergency Room Visits by Enabling Paramedics

From the Seven:

Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) led passage of Senate Bill 317 in the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee. This bill, which received unanimous, bipartisan support, establishes a pilot program to allow paramedics to provide the expanded medical care they are trained to administer, rather than being limited to transporting patients to a hospital.

“Paramedics are highly-trained, capable professionals, and we should be allowing them to take advantage of their knowledge and experience when managing patients,” said Senator Kennedy, Vice Chair of the Public Health Committee and a healthcare attorney. “Ambulance rides and emergency room stays are expensive, and create a significant, often unnecessary burden on Connecticut’s Medicaid system. Enabling paramedics to do more than drive a patient to the hospital will save the state money by ensuring that a patient is getting the appropriate care.

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