Governor Signs Garcia’s Bill to Improve Pre-Hospital Health Care

(March 8) – A bill to adopt rules establishing standards for critical care emergency medical service providers was signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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.

The bill passed unanimously out of the General Assembly. Rep. Garcia’s other legislation pertaining to emergency medical service providers also passed the General Assembly unanimously and should soon be signed by the governor. SB13-038 will improve emergency responses by protecting paramedics from being sued for communicating openly during catastrophe debriefs. Firefighters and law enforcement are already protected.

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