PUBLISHED: 07:11 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 07:11 09 November 2018 Dominic Moffitt An Air Ambulance from Essex and Hertfordshire was spotted flying over Ipswich and later landing in Christchurch Park Picture: GAVIN LEE FOSTER Archant Reports of an air ambulance and reports of sirens in the area of Christchurch Park drew attention from across Ipswich. An image of an East of England air ambulance (stock image) Picture: SIMON PARKERThe red helicopter was seen flying over the town and landing in the area of Christchurch yesterday afternoon, Thursday, November 8. Unfortunately, it is still not clear why this happened.Residents reported that the helicopter landed at around 4.10pm on the north side of the park.An eyewitness claims that they saw the air ambulance land on the front lawn of Christchurch Mansion.They also claim that it was an Essex and Hertfordshire air ambulance.This was denoted by its design of red with yellow stripes.In contrast, East of England … [Read more...] about Why was did an air ambulance land in Christchurch Park yesterday?
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Some industry groups say Sen. Claire McCaskill’s efforts to curb costly air ambulance bills would have unintended consequences for patients.McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation Thursday that would give states the authority to regulate the medical costs of air ambulances.The legislation would force air ambulances to clearly separate the medical costs from the transportation costs on a patient’s bills.Her bill would partially carve out air ambulances from federal legislation, which has hindered state agencies from intervening when patients are hit with large bills.A group that’s campaigning for increased reimbursement for air medical services, says the bill would have “devastating” consequences for patients by allowing the possibility for different rules to exist in different states.“In short, this seemingly small change could have a devastating effect on patients facing life-threatening emergencies, their access to care, and ultimately, their … [Read more...] about McCaskill air ambulance bill draws criticism from industry
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would allow states to regulate the medical costs of air ambulances.The legislation would force air ambulance providers to clearly separate the transportation costs from the cost to provide care on a consumer’s bill.McCaskill’s Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act partially carves out air ambulances from federal regulation, a step that would open the door for state insurance departments to regulate air ambulances.Currently, states are barred from regulating the price and routes of air carriers due to the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Under federal law, air ambulances are considered air carriers.That has made it hard for states to intervene when consumers are hit with significant air ambulance bills.“Air ambulances, while they provide a lifesaving service, are currently operating in a gray area between health care and aviation, and have managed to not be held accountable by anyone — … [Read more...] about McCaskill drafts bill aimed at giving states power to regulate air ambulances
Sen. Claire McCaskill is seeking answers from air ambulance providers and insurance companies over significant bills Missouri families have faced after medical emergencies. She's asking nine different companies for information, including their billing practices, and a list of air ambulances that operate in-network, according to the letters provided to the Post-Dispatch. She's asking the companies to respond by May 21."A recent series of articles by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighted the costs being passed along to consumers through the practice of balance billing by providers of air ambulance service," McCaskill writes.In March, the Post-Dispatch wrote about a young boy who fractured his skull in rural Missouri in 2016. Ben Millheim, who is now 8, survived but his family is stuck with a bill of more than $32,000. The Post-Dispatch heard from more Missourians with hefty air ambulance bills after it published the Millheims' story.In almost all the cases reported to the … [Read more...] about McCaskill launches inquiry into air ambulances and insurers, cites Post-Dispatch reporting
Dan Millheim, meet Dee Goodin.And while you’re at it, say hello to John and Jennifer Allen, Tom Seeger and at least 10 other Missourians who are facing hefty bills for air-ambulance service.After the Post-Dispatch last month reported how Millheim was stuck with a $32,000 bill from the transport of his gravely injured son to a hospital, the newspaper heard from other people in similar straits.As in the Millheim case, insurers covered just a fraction of total transport costs because the air ambulances were deemed “out-of-network.”Millheim’s son, Ben, fell in 2016 during a camping trip in rural Missouri and fractured his skull. Because the boy was unconscious, bleeding from his ears and having seizures, he was taken by Air Evac Lifeteam to a St. Louis hospital. The Millheims’ insurer, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, paid $11,787 of the $44,232 bill, leaving the family with a balance of $32,445.The insurer denied the rest of the Millheim claim, even though a … [Read more...] about More Missourians facing hefty air ambulance bills