Walorski introduces bill to help air medical service providers
By Ben Quiggle
U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski has introduced a bill that she says will improve access to air medical service in rural areas.
The Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act would update Medicare reimbursement rates for air ambulance service providers based on actual cost data, according to a press release.
Walorski learned of the issues surrounding Medicare reimbursement rates and air medical transport during a visit with Lutheran Air at the Wabash Municipal Airport, one of two sites where Lutheran Air operates.
“In critical medical emergencies, the difference between life and death is often a matter of minutes – which is why air ambulance services save lives,” said Walorski. “Unfortunately, outdated Medicare reimbursement rates that don’t fully address the costs of air medical transport put these services at risk. This bipartisan bill ensures Hoosiers, especially those in rural areas, continue to have access to the air ambulances they depend on for emergency medical care.”
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