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Action Alert: Vote Expected Tomorrow on No-Fault Reform

Tuesday, May 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela Madden
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The Michigan House of Representatives has passed HB 4397, which would reform auto no-fault insurance system, hours after the Senate passed SB 1.

The Senate's version includes:

  • A fee schedule on all providers identical to the worker's compensation insurance fee schedule.
  • Any provider not included in the worker's compensation fee schedule will receive a rate equal to: "the average amount accepted by the agency for treatment/service during the preceding calendar year"
  • MAAS estimates this change could reduce your reimbursement for auto-related transports by 40%-50%.

The House version includes:

  • A five-tier personal injury protection (PIP) coverage option with rate cuts for customers to choose from. The rate cuts would be required to remain in place for five years.
  • An exemption for EMS to the fee schedule outlined for other providers. 

Tomorrow, the House will amend the Senate version to include their changes and hopefully, the EMS exemption. We cannot wait to remind them again, that EMS must be exempt from any fee schedule. 

 

MAAS needs your help!

 

Contact your Senators and Representatives today and let them know that Michigan's ambulance agencies must be exempt from any fee schedule! Here's what to tell them:

  • Ambulance services are not currently subject to a fee schedule, including the worker's compensation fee schedule.
  • Ambulance agencies MUST provide ALL treatment to a patient regardless of their type and amount of insurance coverage and ability to pay.
  • Ambulance agencies very rarely know a patient's type and level of coverage prior to providing life-saving care.
  • Michigan's ambulance agencies must be able to maintain high quality service and pre-hospital health care.
  • Michigan's ambulance agencies may suffer service cuts which may jeopardize patient care if these cuts are put in to place.

If you have any questions, please contact the MAAS office at (517) 485-3376 or email angela@miambulance.org.


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