New Ambulance Bill Passes, Protects Patients From Surprise Bills

A new bill that aims to help first responders and protect Oklahomans from surprise ambulance bills is set to take effect in November.

Tuesday, June 11th 2024, 7:22 am

By: News 9, Addie Crawford

A new law that aims to protect Oklahomans from surprise billing and help first responders is set to take effect in the fall.

A rural ambulance service president who helped this bill pass through the capitol says the financial climate for EMS is devastating right now, but thanks to lawmakers, things are looking up.

Jimmy Johnson from Life EMS says this bill provides needed revenue to buy equipment, give employees raises, and offer competition.

Johnson says it will also protect patients from surprise bills during ambulance rides.

Johnson says several other surrounding states are already successfully implementing this.

"Ultimately it is a lifesaver for us. EMS in Oklahoma and nationwide is really struggling to make ends meet and this will help to prop those up," Johnson said.

The bill goes into effect on November 1, 2024 and Johnson says insurance premiums should not be affected at all.


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