Bill to stop people from using EMS as ATMs headed to governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Insurance companies will have to directly pay ambulance providers for the emergency services they provide under legislation approved Thursday by the state House.

The bill is awaiting the signature of Governor Tom Wolf.

Insurers currently send payments to patients and expect them to pass on the money to their ambulance company, but many times the patients don’t pay.

House Bill 857 would require insurance companies to pay directly to a non-network EMS agency as long as the ambulance was dispatched by a public safety agency and provided medically necessary care.

EMS agencies would be prohibited from balance-billing patients, but could still recover co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance.

If signed by the governor, the law would take effect in January.

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