Many ambulance services turn down insurance network contracts because reimbursement rates are below what the service costs. This creates situations where out-of-network charges are shouldered by patients via balance billing.
This problem led to outrage that spurred 21 states to pass laws protecting consumers from surprise hospital bills. But these protections don’t extend to ground ambulance rides, which can leave consumers with hundreds or thousands of dollars in charges.
Paying Your Ambulance Bills
Over the past few weeks, 13 HELP Team has heard from several people who say they got hit with a surprise ambulance bill. One story involves a man who took his wife to the hospital after she fell down the stairs and needed help getting up. She died two years later and now AMR is threatening him with collection for the ambulance ride. We spoke to an expert who says chasing patients after first trying to collect from insurance is a clear violation of the law.
For decades, most ambulance rides were free for anyone who needed them, provided by volunteers and town fire departments using local tax money. But today, ambulances are run for profit by private companies and venture capital firms. They often charge by the mile and for each service, like oxygen, a patient might need. It’s common for these bills to be hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Outrage over surprise medical billings has led 21 states to pass laws protecting consumers in some situations. But Congress’s bill included a big loophole: It doesn’t cover ground ambulance rides, which are more likely to be out of network and leave patients with unexpected bills. It also excludes people with self-funded employer plans, the majority of which are regulated only by federal law.
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