SB 485
Enacts provisions relating to air ambulance services
Sponsor:
LR Number:
2254S.01I
Committee:
Last Action:
2/9/2021 - S First Read
Journal Page:
Title:
Calendar Position:
10
Effective Date:
January 1, 2022

Current Bill Summary

SB 485 - This act provides that air ambulance services soliciting or charging for memberships shall be considered to be engaged in the business of insurance, and that the memberships shall be considered insurance products, for purposes of regulation by the Department of Commerce and Insurance.

The act requires air carriers operating air ambulance services to implement patient advocacy programs within 1 year. As described in the act, the patient advocacy programs shall include: a dedicated patient hotline number and email address; a dedicated patient advocacy page containing certain information on the service provider's website; dedicated individuals assigned to review complaints and disputes from patients, governmental agencies, and other concerned parties within 3 months of receipt; the patient hotline and email address on all patient communication materials; mandatory yearly patient advocacy training for personnel having direct contact with patients and their families; and a financial assistance or charity care program. The patient advocacy program shall not be enforced in a manner precluded by federal law.

Entities selling air ambulance membership products shall also make certain disclosures regarding out-of-pocket costs and existing coverage for persons covered under Medicare and Medicaid, as specified in the act.

This act shall take effect on January 1, 2022.

This act is identical to HB 912 (2021).

ERIC VANDER WEERD

Amendments

No Amendments Found.