Govt. Evers: Gov. Evers, DHS announces nearly $32 million in EMS flex grants, providing support to 442 EMS providers in nearly every county in Wisconsin

HORTONVILLE – Governor Tony Evers, together with Karen Timberlake, secretary designate of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today announced that $32 million in flexible grants for emergency medical services (EMS ) were awarded to 442 EMS providers in nearly every county in the state. , delivering on a promise made by the Governor during his 2022 State of the State Address. During his State of the State Address, Governor Evers announced a $12 million investment in the EMS Flex grants. Governor Evers also announced today that he is investing an additional $20 million in the EMS Flex grant program based on substantial need in communities across the state, with the 442 requesting EMS service providers requesting more than $63 million. support dollars.

“For years, our local partners have been asked to do more with less, and so many communities have had to cut services like public safety in our state. Our EMS providers are often the first on the scene, providing critical care when we need it most, especially in recent years, and I know those people are burned out, Governor Evers said. “This funding is going to provide much-needed support to our EMS providers across the state to help ensure they have the tools and resources they need to meet the needs of their communities and continue their vital work. .”

During his 2022 State of the State address, Governor Evers announced that the state would provide nearly $30 million to support EMS providers across the state, especially in rural communities, for anything they need most to continue serving their communities, including staff support, training for first responders, or the purchase of new supplies, medical equipment and vehicles. This $30 million investment included $8 million in additional one-time funding for the Funding Assistance Program (FAP), which was awarded in August, as well as $12 million for this new flexible, one-time grant program. , now known as EMS. Flex Grant Program, to help fill the gap for vendors who were not otherwise eligible for FAP funding. A complete list of EMS Flex Grant winners is available here.

“These grants will provide additional support to more EMS providers, including prioritizing our rural communities to ensure they have adequate emergency response options,” said the DHS Secretary-designate. , Timberlake. “Rapid distribution of these funds in the community is a top priority so that people can get emergency medical care when they need it most.”

Additionally, the governor’s state-of-the-state announcement included $7.4 million to implement an additional 16% increase in rates for emergency transportation providers through the Wisconsin Medicaid program. , and earlier this year the governor announced an additional investment of $22 million to support the construction and expansion of fire stations. , EMS and Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program support and expansion projects, and other permanent health care infrastructure in eight communities across the state. Since February, Governor Evers has allocated more than $69 million to support EMS providers in communities across the state.

According to DHS, there are 791 Wisconsin-based EMS providers and more than 16,000 licensed providers providing prehospital emergency medical care statewide. More than 450 EMS providers are volunteer-only or operate with a combination of volunteers, part-time and full-time employees. To learn more, visit the DHS Wisconsin EMS webpage.

An online version of this press release is available here.

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