WEST virginia legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 3018
By Delegate Shott
(By Request of the Department of Administration)
[Introduced February 12, 2019; referred to the committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §5-16-8a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931. as amended, relating to the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s reimbursement of air-ambulance providers who provide emergency transportation to individuals covered by the plan.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 16. WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES INSURANCE ACT.
§5-16-8a. Air-ambulance fees.
provision of this code to the contrary The plan shall reimburse any
air-ambulance provider which does not have a contract with the plan that
provides emergency air transportation or related emergency medical
or treatment services to an employee or dependent of an employee covered by the
plan may not collect from the plan and the covered employee or dependent of
the employee, a combined amount for those services which exceeds the
reimbursement the amount then in effect for the federal Medicare
program, including any applicable Geographic Practice Cost Index. (b) If an air-ambulance
provider has entered into a subscription service agreement with an employee or
dependent of an employee covered by the plan, and the employee or dependent is
in good standing with the agreement, the air-ambulance provider shall accept
the fee or cost of the subscription service agreement as payment in full for
any air-ambulance transport and related emergency treatment or services which
the air-ambulance provider may provide to that employee or dependent of an
(b) Nothing in this section limits the authority of the director under §5-16-3(c) and §5-16-9 of this code, including, but not limited to, his or her authority to manage provider contracting and payments and to designate covered and noncovered services.
(c) This section does not limit the authority of the director, the plan, or the plans under §5-16-11 of this code.
(d) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, wherever 49 U.S.C. §41713(b) applies to the reimbursement of air ambulance providers under §5-16-8a, the provisions of this code, including any administrative, civil, or criminal penalties, are inapplicable.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to set forth the amount the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency will reimburse air-ambulance providers for the transportation of individuals covered by its plans, consistent with Air Evac EMS, Inc. v. Cheatham, 910 F. 3d 751 (4th Cir. 2018).
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.