(NASHVILLE) May 10, 2018 – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) that continues the Ambulance Service Provider Assessment Act has been signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. This law allows the state to receive additional Medicaid funds to be distributed to local private and public ambulance services for transporting patients covered by the program.
“I am pleased to see this law continued,” said Senator Yager. “This is especially beneficial to ambulance service providers and patients in rural communities which have a high number of TennCare patients. Rural ambulance services struggle financially, and these additional funds will help keep the doors open.”
This legislation is expected to bring in approximately $19.7 million in federal funds for ambulance services through the state’s TennCare Program. It is modeled after the successful Hospital Assessment Act which has prevented catastrophic TennCare cuts over the last seven years.
“This legislation has proven beneficial over the last year, and I look forward to seeing the increase quality of care continue as a result of our action on this bill,” added Yager.