Proposed bill would extend temporary Medicare increases for ground ambulances
If passed, the legislation would extend the 2% urban, 3% rural and the super rural bonus payment for five years
By Rachel Engel
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. House Representatives introduced legislation this week that would extend the temporary Medicare increases for ground ambulances for five years.
Introduced by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D–Ala.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R–Calif.), Peter Welch (D–Vt.) and Markwayne Mullin (R–Okla.), H.R. 2454 would extend the 2% urban, 3% rural and super rural bonus Medicare payments, which are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022, according to the American Ambulance Association.
The extension would allow the increases to remain in place following a two-year delay of ambulance data collection due to COVID-19, and would offer Congress more time to decide if the increases should be permanent.
The bill will be one of the issues discussed as part of EMS on the Hill Day.