Ambulance reimbursements see boost

Photo submitted  Bert Sorg, St. Marys Ambulance service manager, recently spoke at a rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, where lawmakers and emergency responders from across the state called for action on efforts to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates to the state’s ambulance companies.
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

The pleas of ambulance companies throughout Pennsylvania have been heard in Harrisburg, as legislators recently passed a bill to increase their Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Among them advance life support services would increase from $200 to at least $300, and basic life support services would increase from $120 to $180.
This is the first increase in reimbursements for state ambulance services since 2004 and before that since 1987.
The new changes take effect Jan. 1, 2019, as part of Pennsylvania House Bill 699, sponsored by State Rep. Martin Causer, R-Cameron/McKean/Potter.
“Our EMS personnel are lifesavers and they’re struggling. In rural Pennsylvania, depending on the resources that are available, there are times you could have a serious medical emergency and get an ambulance within a half hour or maybe

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