Amendment #495 to H3600
Reserve Revenue Account EMS
Mr. Nangle of Lowell moves to amend the bill in section 2, by striking in its entirety item 4516-1037, and by adding the following section:
"SECTION XXXX. Chapter 29 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 2VVVV, the following section:-
Section 2WWWW. There shall be an Emergency Medical Services System Trust Fund. The commissioner of public health shall administer the fund and is authorized to make expenditures from the fund to support the emergency medical services and mobile integrated health care systems in Massachusetts, including, but not limited to: (i) costs of the office of emergency medical service, including coordination and oversight of the Massachusetts emergency medical services system; (ii) costs of regional emergency medical services councils and the central medical emergency direction centers; (iii) costs of the administration and oversight of mobile integrated health care in Massachusetts; (iv) other operations of the office of emergency medical services and the office of mobile integrated health care for program administration and development and (v) competitive grant programs to be awarded to groups of two or more rural communities intending to jointly provide ambulance services for the recruitment, training, continuing education and certification of emergency medical technicians.
There shall be credited to the fund: (i) revenue generated from fees, fines, and penalties required under chapters 111C and 111O and the regulations promulgated thereunder; ii) revenue from appropriations or other money authorized by the general court and specifically designated to be credited to the fund; and (iii) funds public or private sources for emergency medical services and mobile integrated health care, including, but not limited to, gifts, grants, donations, rebates and settlements received by the Commonwealth that are specifically designated to be credited to the fund. The department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts in anticipation of expected receipts; provided, however, that no expenditure shall be made from the fund that shall cause the fund to be deficient at the close of a fiscal year. Amounts credited to the fund shall not be subject to further appropriation and money remaining in the fund at the close of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund.".