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Sen. McCaskill Introduces Legislature to Regulate Air Ambulance Service

May 11, 2018 - 8:53 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Senator Claire McCaskill says for too long air ambulance services have been operating in a gray area that falls between health care and aviation when it comes to accountability.

Therefore she introduced new legislation yesterday.

“To deal with some of these issues surrounding the people that find themselves not only stuck in the traumatic situation where they need air ambulance, but after that, the traumatic situation of a crushing debt,”  she says.

McCaskill calls accountability the "most important" aspect of this legislation.

“For either individuals that are buying memberships or for municipalities or counties that are buying memberships so there isn’t some kind of fine print that when you actually need to utilize the service, somehow it's not covered,” she says.         

McCaskill's Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act seeks to bring greater transparency and consumer protections to the industry, while allowing state to better regular medical costs associated with air ambulance transportation.