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SB 285/FN/HM (BR 1877) - T. Buford

     AN ACT relating to emergency health 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 service providers licensed and operating in the state; deem the information provided as proprietary and not subject to the Open Records Act; 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 provider to determine an average cost of services; amend KRS 311A.190 to require any air ambulance service provider 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 insurers offering a health benefit plan in Kentucky to annually submit to the Department of Insurance the maximum coverage for emergency air ambulance services provided under each of its plans and to prominently provide a notice in each contract for coverage stating whether or not the contract covers air ambulance services and the average coverage of emergency air ambulance service for health benefit plans in Kentucky, and if coverage is provided under the health benefit plan, the maximum dollar amount of coverage; require the commissioner of the Department of Insurance to review all health benefit plans for compliance with the notice requirements and provide, every three years, to any insurer offering a health benefit plan the average cost of all air ambulance services and the average amount of coverage under all health benefit plans; amend KRS 304.17A-580 to clarify that insurers offering health benefit plans must pay for emergency transportation and that for emergency air ambulance services an insurer must pay the usual and customary rate of the air ambulance service provider; amend 304.17A-702 to require payment for emergency air ambulance services regardless of whether the provider was in-network or out-of-network, that will be made directly to the service provider instead of the insured.



     Mar 03, 2016 - introduced in Senate
     Mar 07, 2016 - to Appropriations & Revenue (S)