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Maryland Senate Joins House in Unanimous Vote in Support of EMS

April 10, 2015
RE:          Maryland Senate Joins House in Unanimous Vote in Support of EMS

By a vote of 47-0, the Maryland Senate joined the House on Monday to unanimously pass House Bill 562, permanently cementing the mandate that requires HMO plans to pay EMS agencies directly for ambulance claims.

The action is a significant win for Maryland EMS providers.

The action taken by the Legislature, permanently repeals the June 30, 2015 “Sunset Provision” that was included in the original law from 2011 that required non-profit health service plans and HMO’s to pay the ambulance provider directly for ambulance service instead of issuing payment to the patients who then could elect to pay or not pay the provider of service after receiving payment.

This action now permanently insures that EMS agencies will be directly compensated for their services without delay, permanently relieving the burden of added collection costs and lost revenue placed on EMS agencies prior to 2011.

Guaranteed cash flow during transition.