STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – The Indiana Senate voted in favor of legislation authored by State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) to make ambulance membership services more accessible to the elderly and those in rural areas.
Lindauer said ambulance service providers have service programs, through which individuals can purchase memberships by paying a yearly premium. According to Lindauer, the annual premiums are typically used to limit or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for ambulance and air ambulance bills not covered by insurance. A membership also helps reduce costs for medically necessary transport for those without insurance.
Currently, Indiana law limits these memberships to one-year agreements, but under Lindauer’s proposal, ambulance service memberships could be extended to five years.
“By extending the maximum contract period, Hoosiers will have more opportunity to negotiate lower rates for their ambulance service memberships,” Lindauer said. “In other states, multiple-year memberships are offered at a lower rate, making the services more accessible. This could be especially beneficial to Hoosiers in rural areas who are often far from a health facility.”
Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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