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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2023 11:50 AM
From: Senator Michele Brooks and Sen. Frank A. Farry
To: All Senate members
Subject: Increasing the Reimbursement Rates under Medicaid for EMS
We will be introducing legislation to require an increase in the reimbursement rates under Medicaid for the provision of emergency medical services.

Increasingly, our EMS network providers are becoming financially strained. While EMS services are provided at a local level, at the state level we can partner with our communities to help by increasing the reimbursement rate for Medicaid patient emergency response calls.
EMS have received only two increases in reimbursement for transporting individuals covered by Medicaid in the last two decades. These rates are significantly below Medicare and commercial insurance reimbursements and do not cover the real cost of transporting Medicaid patients.

EMS providers are the first line of contact when it comes to the emergency medical care Pennsylvanians receive and it is critical these organizations are properly reimbursed for the life-saving services they provide.

Thank you for your consideration of cosponsoring this important initiative to support our EMS providers and our constituents who rely on them.