SB 1350 by Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) on May 3 was amended to require local emergency medical services agencies to distribute trauma care funds using a competitive grant-based system that requires trauma centers to demonstrate the need for funds based on the percentage of uninsured patients treated. The bill would establish a statewide trauma system, which would be overseen by the Emergency Medical Services Authority, to name trauma regions and require each region to develop a plan to provide trauma care for the entire region. The amended bill also would require EMSA to distribute funds to each established trauma region or local EMS agencies within each region. The bill was re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee (StateNet, Subscription required).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.