WDH Asks for Public Comment on Potential Air Ambulance Service
Written by jordanmckamey on July 31, 2019
Residents are invited by the Wyoming Department of Health to offer their thoughts–ideas and perspectives on a proposed Medicaid waiver plan for Wyoming air ambulance service during two upcoming public meetings or online.
Public meetings are planned in Cheyenne on August 5th and in Riverton on August 8th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Wyoming College in Health Sciences Room 214.
The waiver would expand Wyoming Medicaid to all state residents for the specific purpose of air ambulance transportation. Waiver goals include:
Eliminate the surprise billing of patients–reduce the average cost of air ambulance flights while ensuring a set level of access and quality and increase price transparency for patients and employer groups
Under the plan–WDH would competitively bid for a selected network of air ambulance providers–make periodic flat payments to these contracted providers and then recoup the revenue needed to fund the system from the insurance plans and individuals already paying for transports.
A detailed plan presentation will be available beginning August 1 at airambulancewaiver.wyo.gov. Online comments may also be submitted using the same site.