The U.S. House of Representatives is currently developing a package on a permanent fix to the physician fee schedule. House Speaker John Boehner recently announced the effort for a permanent fix instead of another extension and the framework of a package is coming together quickly. It is therefore critical that you contact your members of Congress today in support of permanent ambulance relief.
Please write to your members of Congress and ask that they cosponsor the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act (H.R. 745, S. 377) and support including the language of the bill in a permanent physician fix package. H.R. 745 and S. 377 would make the current temporary Medicare increases of 2% urban, 3% rural and the super rural bonus payment permanent as well as implement several additional key reforms to the Medicare ambulance fee schedule.
The current extension of the temporary fix to the physician fee schedule and the ambulance increases expire at the end of March. If a final package comes together, the House could vote the week of March 23 sending a bill to the Senate for consideration. This package represents our best chance of making the Medicare ambulance increases permanent.
Send Letters to Your Members of Congress
Please send your members of Congress letters by accessing the AAA online letter writing tool. A sample letter is already preloaded and the tool will automatically determine your members of Congress and send them your letters. It is easy to use and will only take a few minutes.
Please forward this Call To Action to members of your state ambulance or EMS association, your employees and other EMS professionals.
Thank you in advance for writing to your members of Congress!