Sound the sirens ... somebody is going to have to after ambulance agencies close their doors. Governor Cuomo, in the 2018-2019 executive budget has decided to cut funding from Medicaid remitting payment to ambulance agencies for care on behalf of Medicare patients who qualify for both. He is eliminating this "crossover coverage" in spite of the fact that the state's OWN STUDY in 2016 indicated that current reimbursements rates from Medicaid were not sufficient to meet the costs endured by agencies for this care.
Emergency Medical Services providers should not be charged by New York state to provide a service for their community. It is wrong, unsustainable, and is going to result in ambulance agencies having to permanently close their doors, as many agencies in NYS have already had to do due to the current reimbursement model. New York state should stop charging EMS services for caring for patients. It is going to result in fewer ambulances, longer wait times, and worse patient outcomes.
We need other citizens to contact their elected officials and help us stand up to Governor Cuomo and tell him that, for our safety, we can not run ambulances out of business. In addition, as an EMS provider I would like to thank Senator Helming and her office for their continued support. Over the years I have contacted her office on many occasions and always have received a prompt and professional response in regards to my concerns. On this particular occasion her office has written a letter rejecting governor Cuomo's proposal for the effect that it will have on EMS agencies and providers. She has always advocated for first responders, law enforcement, and the citizens she represents as a whole, and as one of those citizens I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation for her efforts. She is knowledgeable on the issues and is a true champion of the people. Her work does not go unnoticed.