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PA Bill Supporting Ambulance Services Advancing in State House

May 24, 2017
FROM:     Don Konkle, Executive Director, PFESI
RE:         PA Bill Supporting Ambulance Services Advancing in State House

Working to address the challenges facing ambulance services in rural Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth, the state House is advancing measures that would boost funding for the organizations, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

"Our emergency medical services organizations are in a state of crisis," Causer said. "If we don't act now to ensure fair reimbursement for these services, the ambulance companies could be forced to close their doors. It's frightening to think what could happen if you called 9-1-1 and no one was there to respond."

Causer noted the House is scheduled to take up a bill this week to require ambulance companies be reimbursed for providing medical treatment, even if a patient is not ultimately transferred to the hospital.

 HB1013 would allow for reimbursement when transport does not take place as long as the following conditions are met: The Basic Life Support

(BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit must be dispatched by a county 911 center, and the EMS provider must have rendered care even though the transport was declined.

 "I'm pleased to see the House moving forward on efforts to ensure the future of these life-saving services," Causer said.

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