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SOAR Campaign

IAFCCP signed on as a supporter of the Save Our Air Medical Resources (SOAR) Campaign. SOAR is a joint effort to raise awareness of the role that air medical plays in
delivering high-quality and timely care to patients in emergency situations, and to urge policymakers to address drastically low government reimbursement rates which threaten public access to air medical.


 

  

What is the SOAR campaign?

 

SOAR is a national campaign dedicated to preserving access to emergency air medical services for Americans across the country by providing important education and resources to the public and to key decision and policymakers. Air medical resources are a critical element of emergency response across the country, particularly for people living in rural areas where access to trauma care facilities is quite often limited. The goals of the campaign are to educate the public about emergency air medical services and the need to fix the reimbursement shortfall in Medicare and Medicaid, and elicit support for insurers to work in good faith to work for fair reimbursement.

Who is involved in the campaign?

 

The SOAR campaign includes air medical industry experts, flight paramedics and nurses, health care organizations, and patients who rely on emergency air medical services. SOAR continues to engage with relevant national and regional organizations who could be potential partners in the campaign. If you would be interested in joining the SOAR coalition, please click here.  

 

Get involved:

  • Twitter and Facebook. Like SOAR on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date about the air medical community and retweet to amplify valuable information about this life-saving service.
  • Send an email to Capitol Hill. SOAR continues its work to raise awareness about the bipartisan Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 3378/S. 2121) legislation that would preserve patient access to emergency air medical services, especially in rural America. Reach out to your member of Congress and ask them to support and co-sponsor this key piece of legislation.

 

SOAR UPDATES

Last week, the House passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302), and the Senate followed suit this week. The legislation represents a compromise between air medical providers and insurers, allowing for an Advisory Committee to determine how to best protect consumers from worrying about cost when they need a life-saving air ambulance. While not a permanent solution, the opportunity for continued dialogue to determine the best solution for the patient is welcome.

Read our statement below:

“The SOAR Campaign welcomes revised language in the FAA Reauthorization bill that creates an Advisory Committee to review and find solutions to the issue of balance billing. We strongly believe that the root of the problem is the chronic under-reimbursement of Medicare, given that 70 percent of those transported by air ambulances have Medicare, Medicaid or no insurance at all. Yet Medicare rates haven’t been updated in two decades. That’s why we support H.R. 3378 / S. 2121, the Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act, which calls for the submission of provider data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) so that rates can be adjusted to represent the actual cost of care. At the same time, for the remaining 30 percent of patient transports, we continue to urge private insurers to step up to the plate and cover these life-saving air ambulance services. Providers of air medical services welcome transparency and accountability and will continue to work to ensure that real solutions are implemented to take patients out of the middle.”

Join the SOAR Campaign in urging Congress to preserve access to air medical services
by passing the Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 3378/S.2121)