Public input on proposed air ambulance Medicaid waiver sought

Crews gather around the Life Flight helicopter during survival training, in April 2018, on Casper Mountain. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is seeking public input on a proposed Medicaid waiver concerning air ambulance services in the state.

According to a press release, residents are invited to attend upcoming public meetings and to comment online.

The proposed waiver would expand Wyoming Medicaid to all residents of the state for air ambulance transportation.

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The waiver aims to eliminate surprise billing, reduce the average cost of air ambulance flights and increase price transparency for patients and employers.

According to the release, the plan would involve the WDH bidding for a selected network of air ambulance providers, to which it would then make periodic flat payments. The providers would then recoup needed revenue for the system from insurance plans and individuals paying for transports.

The full proposal, as well as detailed times and locations of public meetings can be found by clicking here. Comments can also be left at the website.