HARRISBURG – Legislation to improve the affordability and accessibility of emergency medical services training in rural areas has been approved by both the House and Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1838 would make training more affordable by increasing funding for the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund and requiring at least 30% of the funds be used to provide training to underserved rural areas. It would also require no less than 10% of the funds to be provided directly to EMS providers to help with purchasing medical equipment. Money for the fund is currently provided by a $10 fee on moving violations and a $25 fee for DUI incidents. The bill would increase those fees to $20 and $50, respectively. It’s the first increase in fees in over three decades.