AB 2709 – CaliforniaStatus: In Process
Year Introduced: 2022
Emergency ground medical transportation.
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires that health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies provide coverage for certain services and treatments, including emergency medical transportation services.
This bill would require a health care service plan contract or a health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2023, to require an enrollee or insured who receives covered services from a noncontracting ground ambulance provider to pay no more than the same cost-sharing amount that the enrollee or insured would pay for the same covered services received from a contracting ground ambulance provider, and would prohibit the noncontracting ground ambulance provider from billing or sending to collections a higher amount. The bill would require the plan or insurer to reimburse a noncontracting ground ambulance provider the greater of the average contracted rate or 125% of the Medicare reimbursement rate for those services, as specified. Because a willful violation of the bill’s requirements relative to a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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