Garcia Bill to Improve Pre-Hospital Health Care Passes Second Reading 

(Jan. 28) – A bill to adopt rules establishing standards for critical care emergency medical service providers passed second reading on the House Floor today.

HB13-1063, sponsored by Rep. Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo), would create a new advanced category of emergency medical service providers who could perform certain tasks and procedures current EMS providers cannot. The providers interested in this further endorsement and duties would have to complete further training and education offered by a state-recognized education program.

Rep. Garcia said this bill is important to improving health care, especially in rural areas.

“This designation will not only provide career advancements for emergency service providers, but also will expand the scope of practice for paramedics, allowing them to provide better care to patients,” Rep. Garcia said.

Many organizations testified in support of the legislation in committee last week including: the Academy of Colorado Emergency Physicians; the Colorado Medical Society; the Eagle Medical Transport; the City of Wray Emergency Medical Services; the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado; the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs, Managers and Directors Association; and the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

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