PA Legislature Passes EMS Bill

The state House and Senate have given final passage to a bill ensuring that every call by a volunteer EMS crew is adequately compensated. The bill requires Medicaid and other health insurances to reimburse EMS crews when they respond to a scene but the patient is not taken to the hospital or refuses treatment. State Senator Don White says it's a simple matter of fairness. White says largely due to the opioid crisis, first responders have seen an increase in cases where they respond to a 911 call and the patient has been revived or for other reasons don't want to go to the hospital. He says there's still a cost for the ambulance company, and this bill, which now goes to the Governor finally recognizes that.