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Government Affairs Update - May 2019

The OAMTA is proud of the advances we’ve made in the last year, on behalf of all our members including: 

  • Lobbied successfully for the first ambulance rate increase in over a decade.  Our lobbyists used data to validate the losses endured by medical transportation providers to make the case to the new Administration and Director of Medicaid the need for a rate increase.  Thanks to this zealous advocacy and detailed analysis of the industry, the Governor and ODM Director included in their proposed budget an allocation to increase ambulance and medical transportation reimbursement.  Medical Transportation providers are the only Medicaid providers for which the administration intends to increase reimbursement rates.  Over $30,000,000 has been allocated by the Department to implement this increase.

    Our lobbyists are continuing to aggressively defend the Administration’s proposed reimbursement rate increase through meetings with legislative leaders in the Ohio General Assembly.

  • Advocated for a critical reevaluation of Medicaid Managed Care Plan practices by the Governor’s Administration, Department of Medicaid, and Ohio’s legislative leaders.  Ohio’s managed care plan contracts are now being subjected to rebidding and the Department of Medicaid has undertaken a listening tour and is soliciting our Association’s feedback regarding issues with and changes to the model.

  • Prevented the hasty introduction of a bill intended to carve out exceptions to licensing requirements for medical transportation by hospice groups through legislative lobbying and collaboration with hospice groups, the Department of Public Safety and other stakeholders.

  • Defeated Senate Bill 218 which sought to impose an unfunded mandate of surety bonds for all ambulance and medical transportation providers licensed by the state.

  • Defeated HB171, which sought to drastically limit EMS work hours for private ambulance company employees while exempting publics, promoting uniformity between publics and privates and preventing a potentially disastrous human resources nightmare in our industry.

  • Prepared an in depth analysis of the financial status of the medical transportation industry through the survey of medical transportation companies.  This information was used to validate the average losses suffered by transport level and mileage, to compare Ohio relative to surrounding states and Medicare, and to make the case for assistance from the state in turning around the industry.

  • The speedy appointment by the Governor of David DeVore from MedTrans in Springfield to the State Board of Emergency Medical Fire and Transportation Services.

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