WDH Still Seeking Public Input on Proposed Air Ambulance Service
Written by jordanmckamey on August 23, 2019
Residents are invited by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to offer their continued thoughts, ideas and perspectives on a proposed Medicaid waiver plan for Wyoming air ambulance services during upcoming public meetings or online.
A pair of on site meetings in Torrington and Laramie are set for September 3rd and Septermber 5th respectively. Online comments can be submitted at airambulacewaiver.wyo.gov.
The waiver would expand Wyoming Medicaid to all state residents for the specific purpose of air ambulance transportation. Waiver goals include–eliminating the surprise billing of patients–reducing the average cost of air ambulance flights while ensuring a set level of access and quality and increasing 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.