If you are not currently a part of your area’s Regional Advisory Council, you may not have received the following notice. This is highly important for Ambulance Transportation Services in the State of Texas and I highly suggest that everyone take a moment to do their part in making their voices heard regarding the proposed changes to the Medicaid funding of transportation services (almost a 35% reduction in reimbursement).
Below is a copy of the recent release from TEMSA (The Texas EMS Alliance) providing information on what you can do, who you can contact and how; to make your voice heard to help this drastic decrease in funding for the services we provide. Although AngelTrack is not associated with TEMSA, we felt it very important that this information reach as many of the Texas EMS Agencies as possible.
|July 28, 2017
Dear TEMSA Member:
As we mentioned yesterday, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will hold a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Austin to discuss proposed Medicaid cuts for ground ambulance service in Texas. Both ALS and BLS services would be cut by approximately 35 percent under the biennial review proposal for Medicaid.
TEMSA is working with lawmakers and other stakeholders to fight the proposed cuts.
What EMS Agencies Need to Do
General instructions for sending a letter to HHSC:
E-mail is the most effective delivery option. If you e-mail it (the e-mail address is below), please ask for confirmation that they received it:
Overnight mail, special delivery mail or hand delivery:
Phone number for package delivery: 512.730.7401
Fax: Attention: Rate Analysis at 512.730.7475
Letter Text and Template
August 4, 2017
Re: Biennial Review of Ambulance Services (Proposed to Be Effective October 1, 2017)
Dear Commissioner Smith:
I am writing on behalf of XX EMS Agency to express my strong concerns regarding the proposed ground ambulance rate cutes for Medicaid. Add your text here. Focus on how the proposal will hurt your community.
Talking Points and Background
Click here to view a link to the spreadsheet of proposed rates (the link can be found within the web page). The proposal would cut both ALS and BLS service.
You may find the following talking points to be useful for writing your letter:
Bobby Hillert | Texas EMS Alliance