Sending Office: Honorable Mike Coffman
I urge you to help me correct Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations that unfairly saddle veterans with emergency ambulance payments. We can solve this problem with the
Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 1445).
When a veteran experiences a medical emergency and a bystander makes the prudent decision to call for emergency ambulance service, the expectation is to rush the veteran to the nearest medical facility that can treat the potentially life threatening condition.
Only a properly trained physician with the necessary medical equipment can provide an assessment regarding the care and condition of the victim. Seldom is the individual calling for an ambulance service a medical professional. That bystander makes a judgement
call most often in a matter of a few minutes to save someone’s life.
Typically, these emergency ambulance services are reimbursed. However, prior to reimbursement, the VA requires all medical records be provided, including the records of treatment after the emergency service has taken place. Should those records show that
it was not a life threatening emergency or a false alarm, the claim for reimbursement is denied. The veteran is stuck with the bill.
Medicare, Medicaid, and other major payers adhere to the “prudent layperson” standard for the reimbursement of emergency ambulance services. The VA is the only major payer to not follow this standard. It is time we ensure our veterans are not stuck with
the bill for their emergency ambulance service.
The Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act would provide veterans with reimbursement for emergency ambulance services when a prudent layperson would have a reasonable expectation that a delay in seeking immediate medical attention
will jeopardize the life or health of the veteran.
Please join me in supporting this important measure. To cosponsor, or if you have questions, please contact Katharine Denby at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 225-7882.
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