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 Wednesday, Jan 17 
Louisville Metro EMS looking to hire 40 EMTs, free paid training available (WDRB)
Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services has started the application process for a class to train EMT recruits.

 Tuesday, Jan 16 
IV bags in short supply across US after Hurricane Maria (CNN)
Puerto Rico, which produces more pharmaceuticals by dollar value for the nation than any of the individual 50 states or any foreign country, has been key to the supply of these IV saline bags.

 Tuesday, Jan 16 
Anchorage Fire Department approves plan to merge with Middletown (WDRB)
The Anchorage Fire Department board has unanimously approved a plan to merge with the Middletown Fire Department.

 Tuesday, Jan 16 
Bevin issues ultimatum: If courts block Medicaid plan, half million Kentuckians will lose care (Louisville Courier Journal)
Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order that would strip Medicaid coverage from nearly half a million Kentuckians should his proposed overhaul of the federal-state health plan be struck down in court.

 Tuesday, Jan 16 
Officials: 911 locators less precise than Uber (EMS1)
National Association of State 911 Administrators executive director Evelyn Bailey said the locator system is not always reliable.

 Friday, Jan 12 
State Emergency Operations Center activated to monitor storm (Kentucky Press News Service)
Kentucky Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center early Friday morning in response to the winter storm crossing the state.

 Friday, Jan 12 
NASEMSO releases fatigue in EMS risk management guidelines (EMS1)
The organization teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to mitigate the effects of fatigue with recommendations.

 Thursday, Jan 11 
DNR tattoos: Are they legal and is EMS bound to comply? (EMS1)
EMS practitioners should be aware of their state laws pertaining to DNRs and follow local protocols.

 Thursday, Jan 11 
Hospitals dealing with IV bag shortage (CBS)
Hospitals across the nation are dealing with a shortage of an essential tool: IV bags that help them administer medications.

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2018 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a long session limited to 60 days that began on January 2. February 16 is the last day for new bill requests. February 26 is the last day for new House Bills and February 28 is the last day for new Senate Bills. The legislature will not meet during the Veto Period of March 29 through April 9. The final two days scheduled are April 12 and 13. The schedule may change.
   Read How a Bill Becomes Law to learn how a bill goes through the Legislative process, including how it can be changed and passed without any public knowledge.
Bills of interest to EMS:
  • Air ambulance, balance billing, prohibition of; billed charges, assumption of; billing dispute resolution program, establish - HB 135: Jan 04 - introduced in House. Jan 08 - to Banking & Insurance (H).
  • Certificate of need, elimination of - HB 85: Jan 02 - introduced in House. Jan 04 - to Health and Family Services (H).
  • Elections of governing bodies of certain districts - HB 186: Jan 11 - introduced in House.
  • Fee disclosure posting by ambulance providers, require - HB 176: Jan 10 - introduced in House. Jan 16 - to Local Government (H).
  • Newborn safety device, establishing - HB 167: Jan 10 - introduced in House. Jan 16 - to Health and Family Services (H).
  • Obstructing an emergency responder - HB 22: Jun 05 - Prefiled by the sponsor(s). Jan 02 - Introduced in House; to Small Business & Information Technology (H). Jan 05 - reassigned to Judiciary (H). Jan 08 - posted in committee. Jan 10 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Jan 11 - 2nd reading, to Rules. Jan 16 - posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
  • Workers on duty, criminal attempt to commit murder of, classification as a violent offense for - HB 61: Nov 17 - Prefiled by the sponsor(s). Jan 02 - introduced in House; to Judiciary (H). Jan 04 - posted in committee. Jan 10, - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Jan 11 - 2nd reading, to Rules; recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H). Jan 16 - floor amendment (1) filed.

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