Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced that the Assembly recently passed his bill that would extend the expiration date of Medicaid coverage for portable X-ray services until June 30, 2012 (A.4471). Portable X-rays are vital to the aged and chronically ill citizens of New York State, particularly those who are residents of long-term care facilities or home bound. Without this service, these patients must be transported by ambulance to a radiologist’s office, an often costly and uncomfortable measure.
“In our technologically advanced world, it seems as though medical services like this would be more commonplace,” Gabryszak said. “Forcing the elderly and ailing to go by ambulance for a routine X-ray is wasteful and unnecessary. This legislation extends a program that began in 1997 which allows some of our most vulnerable citizens to receive the care they need in an efficient, cost-effective way.”
The extension would allow further evidence of the cost effectiveness of Medicaid coverage for this service to be gathered, providing a study based on real-life data while allowing patients to be more comfortable.
“We are working toward a more effective Medicaid system, for the patient and the provider,” Gabryszak said. “This bill is a step in the right direction for New York health care.”