LaFave: air ambulance bill could save patients thousands of dollars

Nov 13, 2017

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has sponsored legislation that would require air ambulance operations to give non-emergency patients a choice in transportation. 

The Iron Mountain Republican says air ambulance companies participate in “bill balancing.” The patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. He says that could leave patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.

His measure would allow non-emergency patients to see and sign a notice that discusses all methods and costs of transportation before an air ambulance is sent.

LaFave testified last week in front of the House Insurance Committee in support of the bill.