(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) advanced legislation in the State Senate this week to aid local ambulance services in Tennessee by implementing a quarterly coverage assessment, similar to the assessment that has prevented catastrophic cuts in hospitals in Tennessee. Senate Bill 704 would place the assessment in a fund, allowing the state to receive additional federal dollars from Medicaid to be redistributed to the local private and public ambulance services for transporting patients covered by program.
Called the Ground Ambulance Service Provider Assessment Act, the bill is expected to generate approximately $19.6 million in additional federal funds.
“It’s a day-to-day struggle for many of our emergency medical service providers to stay afloat,” said Senator Yager “This bill provides a much-needed financial boost for our essential local emergency services. Like the Hospital and Nursing Home Assessment Act, it would provide more funds to save the invaluable lives of Tennesseans across the state.”
The legislation has received support from the State Ambulance Service Association and was passed unanimously in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. It now travels to the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee for review of the fiscal impact before going to the Senate floor for a final vote.