ENA Applauds Increased Funding for the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program as Part of Omnibus Appropriations Bill

March 28, 2018 Pediatric

DES PLAINES, Ill. – The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) applauds Congress for including $22.3 million in funding – a $2.2 million increase over last year – for the Emergency Medical Services for Children program as part of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. The President’s budget proposal had called for the elimination of the EMSC program.

 The EMSC program has made landmark improvements to the emergency care delivered to children across the nation. EMSC funds are used at the state level to ensure hospitals and ambulances are properly equipped to treat pediatric emergencies, provide pediatric training to paramedics and first responders and improve the systems that allow for efficient, effective pediatric emergency medical care. As the only federal program dedicated to improving emergency care for children, EMSC has brought vital attention and resources to an otherwise neglected population.

ENA has been a longtime supporter of high-quality pediatric emergency care and the EMSC program. Over the past several years, ENA joined with other leading healthcare organizations in urging Congress to continue supporting federal funding for improving emergency medical services for children.

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 43,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.

ENA Media Contact:

Dan Campana
Senior Manager, PR and Communications