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Bill to force direct pay for ambulance rides advances in Mass.

Insurers would be forced to pay ambulance providers directly for their services


State House News Service

BOSTON — A tactic employed by insurance companies to cajole ambulance providers to sign long-term contracts would be blocked under a bill that won the backing of a key legislative committee Friday.

The proposal, the latest iteration of a bill that has started and stopped on Beacon Hill for nearly two years, would force insurers to pay ambulance providers directly for their services. Some insurers, attempting to pressure out-of-network ambulance companies to sign contracts locking them into set rates, have begun paying patients for the cost of rides, forcing the ambulance companies to pursue them to get paid.

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