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AHIP Submits Amicus Brief In Eighth Circuit Addressing Air Ambulance Issues

posted by AHIP

on June 14, 2019

Today, AHIP submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Guardian Flight v. Godfread, a matter involving a challenge to certain recently enacted North Dakota state laws addressing air ambulance providers’ surprise medical billing and subscription agreement practices.  The brief will be publicly available on the court’s docket after the Clerk has cleared it for filing, which we expect will occur on Monday.  AHIP’s brief supports the North Dakota Insurance Commissioner’s effort to address certain air ambulance provider practices, including eliminating their ability to send surprise medical bills to consumers and regulating related subscription agreements.

Our brief – which continues AHIP’s ongoing engagement on air ambulance related issues – raises a number of policy-related considerations that health plans have encountered in connection with air ambulance providers. In particular, AHIP’s brief addresses the significant costs borne by health plans and consumers as a result of a general lack of oversight and transparency surrounding air ambulance providers’ pricing and billing practices. This includes highlighting air ambulance providers’ increasing unwillingness to participate in plan networks and surprise medical billing practices, and the impact this is having on both health plans and consumers alike.

We will keep you informed of further developments in this matter.