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Legislation Affecting Healthcare
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Below is a short list of Bills that impact the Healthcare industry and ultimately, you.
We will provide updates on these Bills as information becomes available.


     IAFCCP Government & Legislative Forum

    Track bills in Congress, your representative’s voting records, upcoming committee
    meetings, and get alerts by email at GovTrack.US

 

 

 

 

Federal Items We are Following

CALL TO ACTION on H.R. 3378 and S.2121

  • S.2121 Medicare air ambulance fee schedule
  •  HR 3378: The Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act of 2017 
  • HR 304: The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act was reintroduced as HR 304, and rapidly made its way to passage by the House (404-0).  It now moves to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions for consideration.  This bill provides for the DEA to allow the administration of controlled substances by standing order and moves registrant responsibility to the agency, instead of the physician, amongst other items.
  • FAA Reauthorization: The current FAA reauthorization expires in September 2017.  We will closely monitor efforts that affect uniform FAA oversight of aircraft operators.
  • GAO: The GAO continues its study of air medical pricing, as requested by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio.    
  • FAA Aircraft Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group (ROPWG): The ARAC has accepted the report on the cost/benefit analysis tasked to the ROPWG.  The Working Group has moved forward to its subsequent tasking to examine the feasibility of OEMs to meet partial or full application of CRFS/CRSS regulations.
  • Medicare reimbursement: AAMS is working on reintroduction of Medicare legislation which will update the Medicare fee schedule for air medical services to a level that is closer to actual costs of providing the service.  The IAFCCP supports such efforts, and we will monitor for introduction of the legislation.

At the state level, the GLAC continues to monitor state-level action to address concerns regarding consumer balance billing for air medical services. We are also monitoring the development of efforts to address shortcomings in government payment for air medical services

 

 

 

 

 

Questions about IAFCCP's position on current legislation affecting medical transport, 
contact our GLAC Chairman Christopher Hall.

We need you to contact your US Representatives and US Senators.  

Easy cut and paste instructions below.

Click on GovTrack.US to make contact with your US Representatives and US Senators.

  1. Enter your address (or your base’s address), or choose your state from the drop down list. (Entering an address will provide information on your Senators and your US Representative.)
  2. Click on “official website,” and then find the “Contact” field on the website to send an email (location may vary).
  3. Selecting a state will provide three pages listing your Senators, your Representatives, and a Map of the districts. 
  4. Click on your Representative or Senator, and then click on the “official website.” From there, find the “contact me” field and submit an email to the Representative or Senator.
  5. Choose which message (Rep. or Sen.) and then cut-and-paste the following text into the email field:

• I am writing to urge your support of H.R. 3378 (Walorski), bipartisan legislation which will update the Medicare air ambulance fee schedule and correct the ongoing gap between the cost of air medical services and what Medicare pays for these services. This bill will initiate cost-reporting and reporting on quality metrics and reform Medicare payment to incentivize quality and transparency. Please support H.R. 3378 as a cosponsor of the legislation.


• I am writing to urge your support of S.2121 (Heller), bipartisan legislation which will update the Medicare air ambulance fee schedule and correct the ongoing gap between the cost of air medical services and what Medicare pays for these services. This bill will initiate cost-reporting and reporting on quality metrics and reform Medicare payment to incentivize quality and transparency. Please support S.2121 as a cosponsor of the legislation.

  • Additional points can include any (or all) of the following:
    • The number of employees at a particular base
    • The number of counties served by a base
    • The importance of air medical services to the area served. The reduction of time to definitive healthcare and the level of healthcare provided during transport.
    • How our care improves lives in the communities we serve by reducing disability associated with time-sensitive illnesses and/or injuries.