House approves Rep Barretts air ambulance legislation

first_img Categories: Barrett News 06Dec House approves Rep. Barrett’s air ambulance legislation The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, ensuring patients fully acknowledge and understand the potential costs of air ambulance transport when it is not medically necessary.Barrett’s measure requires hospitals to only utilize air transport when medically necessary to save patients from outrageous and unnecessary medical costs. The provision does not apply in medical emergencies or where it is determined to be medically necessary to transport a patient by air.“In many instances, nonemergency patients are airlifted to hospitals only to later receive a medical bill costing tens of thousands of dollars, which has force many people into bankruptcy,” Barrett said.Some air ambulance companies currently participate in a practice called “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills exceeding $10,000.“This common-sense legislation builds a framework to help lower medical costs and provide transparency,” Barrett said. “I want to thank my colleagues for voting in favor of this measure and keeping the best interests of patients at heart.”House Bill 5218 now moves to the Senate for consideration.#####last_img

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