STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill streamlining emergency responses could soon be law.
According to Bacon, this legislation would require the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission and Indiana State Department of Health to develop a statewide set of standards that would apply to air ambulances.
“As of now, if a person is in a car accident and has to be extricated from the vehicle by first responders, that person is then required to be taken to the hospital via a medical helicopter,” Bacon said. “The cost to be transported by helicopter from the scene of an accident can range from $16,000 to $30,000. In some cases, the person involved in the accident may just be stuck in the vehicle with only minor injuries like a broken arm.”
Bacon said the standards that would be developed under this legislation would apply to the activation and use of air medical services when first responders see the need to transport the victim via air care. These standards would be reviewed and possibly updated every three years.
Senate Enrolled Act 119 now heads to the governor for consideration.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.