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AAA Encourages EMS Community to Action

The American Ambulance Association is calling for the EMS Community to reach out to members of Congress to show their support in sponsorship of the Medicare Ambulance Access Preservation Act of 2011 (MAAPA).

Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany (R-SW Louisiana) and New York Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) introduced the bi-partisan MAAPA bills (NB1005 and SB424, respectively) in which they are calling for Congress to enact permanent ambulance funding relief from Medicare for ambulance suppliers and providers.  The bills call for a 6% increase in Medicare reimbursements to replace the current temporary ambulance bonus payments of 2% urban, 3% rural and 22.6% super rural upon the pending expiration of these bonus payments at the end of 2011.

The 6% increase has been determined as the mark citing a 2007 General Accounting Office report to Congress that found Medicare payments fell 6% under the costs to provide EMS services nationwide.

The AAA is urging the ambulance provider/supplier network to lobby their own Congressmen and Senators to lend their support of the bill and ensure its passage.

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