Think you could never be denied access to emergency medical care for something as dire as a seizure or heart attack? Think again.

Emergency medicine's ERs have long served as the “safety net” of health care. But the country’s failing health care system has put that safety net under unbearable strain. Add to that the recession and mounting job losses that are increasing the number of American’s turning to ERs for care, and it is clear: the nation is facing an ER Crisis.

At the heart of the crisis is access to emergency care. That’s why the American College of Emergency Physicians has called on Congress to pass the Access to Emergency Medical Services Act – legislation designed to help emergency patients get the emergency medical care they need, when they need it. ACEP is also calling on Congress to ensure emergency medicine is part of health care reform – a key measure recently reported on TIME.com.

But Congress also needs to hear from those directly affected by the crisis. You, your family, friends, and neighbors all need to let our nation’s decision-makers know that action must be taken now to prevent the collapse of the already crumbling foundation of health care.

Don’t wait until you or a loved has a medical emergency – you might find it simply isn’t available.


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Families Impacted

Ambulance 3Go inside Parkland Hospital's emergency room with ABC News to see what a day in the life is really like for the doctors, nurses, patients, and ambulance drivers of one of the country's busiest emergency rooms.

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From patient boarding to amublance diversion, the Washingtonian takes an in-depth look at the problems within emergency medicine in its hard-hitting piece, "Trouble in the ER."

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NBC 30 LogoNBC 30 in West Hartford, Conn., investigates boarding, treatment delays, and a growing elderly population that forecasts catastrophic crowding with its insighful piece, "Inside the Real ER."

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The Star LedgerA series of articles from New Jersey’s Star-Ledger chronicles the real-life impact the issues in emergency medicine have on communities.

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Bella NanniniLittle baby Bella’s parents helplessly watched as she turned blue, jerked uncontrollably, and went limp due to a seizure. But they felt even more helpless when a 15-minute ambulance ride ended up taking nearly six hours to get Bella the specialized care she needed.    

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HelicopterA stroke patient in need of a neurosurgeon had to be flown nearly 1,000 miles away at a cost of $45,000 because of the on-call specialist shortage plaguing ERs nationwide.

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Hospital ER IIDue to policy at the University of Chicago Medical Center, 12-year-old Dontae Adams and his mother were forced to go by bus across town to get the emergency surgery Dontae needed to treat wounds he suffered in a pit bull attack.

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