Senate Advances Legislation in Support of Emergency Medical Service Providers

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Today, the New York State Senate passed a bill package supporting New York’s emergency service responders. The measures include providing Medicaid reimbursements to medical service agencies for point-of-response treatment without requiring further medical evaluations. Included legislation will also expand the ability of ambulances to administer life-saving blood transfusions, recognize general ambulance services as essential, and provide financial relief to New York's emergency service first responders.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Emergency medical service providers are the backbone of our healthcare system in times of crisis. This legislative package ensures they have the support and resources necessary to continue their life-saving work. By addressing financial, operational, and systemic challenges, we are reaffirming our commitment to the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”

Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Gustavo Rivera said, “Emergency medical service responders are often the first people who provide critical care at the scene of an accident. My bill would task the State Department of Health with charging ambulance service providers a fee to carry out an annual assessment of their revenue to consider increasing medical payment reimbursement rates for their services. This assessment will help ensure our ambulance service providers are being fairly compensated for their life-saving efforts.”

Read the Senate Majority press release.

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