Update on Mass. Bill Requiring Ambulances to Carry Epis - More Phone Calls To Make!

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2001 - 5:58am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Here's the e-mail I just got from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:

Dear Friends:

House Bill 1757 - the bill that would require all emergency first
responder personnel to be trained to carry and use epinephrine - has been
approved by the Health Care Committee of the MA legislature. We expect that
the full legislature may vote on this bill in the next two weeks.
Now is the time to contact your local state Representative and Senator and
ask them to PLEASE watch for the bill and to vote in favor of it. Even if you
have recently spoken with your local legislator, it would be worth it to get
in touch with him/her again. To find contact information for your local
legislator, call the State House at 617-722-2000 or follow this link (
[url="http://www.state.ma.us/legis/legis.htm"]http://www.state.ma.us/legis/legis.htm[/url] ) to the state's website.
We would like to thank everyone for helping to support this bill and we
hope everyone can push a little more to get it passed! Please contact us if
you have any questions.

Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2001 - 1:30am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Just made my phone calls.

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2001 - 5:03am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

E-mail I received:
Dear Friends:
House Bill 1757, which would require all emergency first responders to carry
and be trained to use injectable epinephrine, has been approved by the Health
Care Committee! However, now the bill must be approved by the Ways & Means
Committee, and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Now is the time to call your local representative and tell them why YOU want
this bill passed and how, if passed, this bill will affect you and your
family. Let them know that school nurses, camp counselors and others have
already been trained in the use of epinephrine, and that the state MUST find
a financially feasible way to do this with all first responder emergency
personnel. Right now, if you call 911, the responders MAY NOT BE TRAINED OR
MAY NOT CARRY EPINEPHRINE! Many people do not know this, and that is why
House Bill 1757 is crucial to saving lives!
Below is a list of the members of the Ways & Means Committee and their
corresponding districts. This committee is chaired by Sen. Mark Montigney
(617-722-1481). Please look for your local representative and call and urge
them to support House Bill 1757. If your local representative is not on the
Ways & Means Committee, please contact them and tell them to call the Ways &
Means Committee to support this bill.
Now is the time to show your support for House Bill 1757!
Please contact our office if you have any questions of concerns.
Patricia Goldman
Executive Director
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America/New England Chapter
220 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
phone: 617-965-7771 - toll-free 1-877-2-ASTHMA
Chair - Sen. Mark Montigny (617)722-1481
Ciampa, Vincent: Sommerville 722-2120
Connolly, Edward: Everett 722-2692
Creedon, Geraldine: Brockton 722-2575
Fallon, Christopher: Malden 722-2396
Fennell, Robert: Boston 722-2470
Flavin, Nancy: Easthampton 722-2380
Flynn, David: Bridgewater 722-2017
Fox, Gloria: Boston 722-2692
Galvin, William: Canton 722-2380
Goguen, Emile: Fitchburg 722-2400
Kafka, Louis: Sharon 722-2305
Keenan, Daniel: Blandford 722-2220
Kennedy, Thomas: Brockton 722-2012
Merrigan, John: Greenfield 722-2470
Naughton, Harold: Clinton 722-2396
Parente, Marie: Milford 722-2400
Pedone, Vincent: Worcester 722-2290
Rodrigues, Michael: Westport 722-2030
Rodgers, George: New Bedford 722-2692
Ruane, Michael: Salem 722-2380
Rushing, Byron: Boston 722-2637
Speloitis, Theodore: Danvers 722-2960
Swan, Benjamin: Springfield 722-2692
Travis, Philip: Rehoboth 722-2430
Turkington, Eric: Falmouth 722-2210
Frost, Paul: Auburn 722-2487
George, Thomas: Yarmouth 722-2487
Hargraves, Robert: Grafton 722-2305
Lepper, John: Attleborough 722-2100
Pope, Susan: Wayland 722-2305
Hillman, Reed: Holland 722-2256

Posted on: Wed, 08/15/2001 - 12:16pm
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

Heather, can you tell me if this is just for MA or also for other states. I am not sure how to go about getting involved in this issue for NJ. It is so important and has been on my mind recently to do something about this. Thank you!

Posted on: Thu, 08/16/2001 - 12:23am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Yes, just Massachusetts. Hopefully our state will set a precidence for your state.

Posted on: Tue, 10/23/2001 - 12:14am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

House Bill #1757 which would require all first responders to carry and administer epinephrine was passed by the Health Care Committee and has been pending in the House Ways and Means Committee. We are asking all interested supporters to call Representative Rogers at 617.722.2990 and ask that this bill be voted out of Ways and
Means and sent to the House. Please call and let Rep. Rogers know your story and why the passage of this bill is important to you and your family. Also, please contact your own Representatives and ask them to be in touch with Rep. Rogers.
Rep. Rogers email address is [email]jrogers@hwm.state.ma.us[/email]. If you communicate by email be sure to include your home address and telephone number.
Thank you for your advocacy of this important bill.

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