Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-C Utica/Rome) announced that legislation she co-sponsored to streamline payments to ambulance service providers was signed into law by the governor this week. (Ch. 649 of 2023).
"We all rely on our first responders to provide services during medical emergencies." said Buttenschon. "This law mandates swift reimbursement for the ambulance services that provide these vital services.
Removing the unnecessary hurdles provides financial stability for ambulance providers while maintaining the availability of reliable, effective emergency medical service for all New Yorkers."
Previously, insurance companies sent the payment to the patient and the patient paid the ambulance provider. Now with this legislation, the provider is directly compensated. noted Buttenschon. This measure removes the impracticality of expecting every emergency medical service provider to wait for payment from the patient.