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Pa. House to consider bill to raise EMS reimbursement rates

Medicaid ALS reimbursement would increase from $300 to $400 per trip, and BLS would increase from $180 to $325 per trip

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By Leila Merrill

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania House will consider legislation that would increase reimbursements for EMS agencies.

The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved a bill sponsored by State Rep. Martin Causer that would boost Medicaid reimbursement rates, reported Tuesday.

The rate for advanced life support services would increase from $300 to $400 per trip, and the rate for basic life support services would rise from $180 per trip to $325.

House Bill 2434 also would offer an added premium for rural providers.

In addition, the measure would raise the reimbursement rate for all loaded miles to $4 per mile. The current Medicaid reimbursement rate is $2 per loaded mile after the first 20 miles.

The bill also allows for future reimbursement rates for services and mileage to go up when Medicare rates go up.