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HB 273 (BR 1166) - T. McKee, M. Denham, H. Collins, J. Donohue, D. Hale, C. Howard, M. King, T. Mills, R. Nelson, J. Richards, B. Rowland, A. Simpson, R. Smart, W. Stone, T. Thompson, B. Yonts

     AN ACT relating to emergency air ambulance services.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 311A to require the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services to annually obtain charges billed by all air ambulance providers licensed and operating in the state; deem the information provided as proprietary and not subject to the Open Records Act, KRS 61.872 to 61.884; require the board to determine the average cost of air ambulance services in the state which shall be subject to the Open Records Act; require the board to submit the average cost to the commissioner of the Department of Insurance; authorize the board to promulgate administrative regulations to establish a form to be completed by all air ambulance service providers to determine average cost of services; amend KRS 311A.190 to require any air ambulance service providers licensed and operating in the state to provide information regarding charges billed to the board; create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to require health benefit plans to prominently provide a notice in each contract for coverage stating whether or not the contract covers air ambulance service and, if provided, the dollar amount of coverage; require the commissioner of the Department of Insurance to review all health benefit plans for compliance with the notice requirement and provide the average cost of all ambulance services to all health benefit plans every three years.


HB 273 - AMENDMENTS

     HCS1 - Delete original provision; direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Emergency Medical Air Transportation Task Force; provide that the purpose of the task force is to study issues of emergency air transportation and to develop consensus legislative recommendations to address those issues; name the membership of the task force; require the task force to meet monthly and to submit its legislative recommendations; require its legislative recommendations to be submitted to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2016; provide that the Legislative Research Commission has authority to alternatively assign the issues identified in the Resolution to interim joint committees or subcommittees thereof.
     HFA1( R. Crimm ) - Keep original provisions; amend KRS 304.17A-580 to include the emergency transport in required emergency coverage.
     HFA2( R. Crimm ) - Make title amendment.

     Jan 19, 2016 - introduced in House
     Jan 20, 2016 - to Banking & Insurance (H)
     Jan 21, 2016 - posted in committee
     Jan 27, 2016 - floor amendment (1) and (2-title) filed
     Mar 16, 2016 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
     Mar 17, 2016 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 18, 2016
     Mar 21, 2016 - 3rd reading, passed 97-0 with Committee Substitute (1)
     Mar 22, 2016 - received in Senate
     Mar 24, 2016 - to Banking & Insurance (S)