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RELEASE: Rep. Igo Sponsored EMS Aid Bill Receives Hearing in Committee

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

SAINT PAUL – Legislation co-authored by State Representative Spencer Igo, R-Wabana Township, that provides aid to licensed ambulance service providers, received its first committee hearing today in the Health Finance and Policy Committee. House File 3992 helps EMS providers that are struggling under the current “fee-for-service” model that has left rural areas of the state with decreasing access to ambulances and other EMS options.

“Access to Emergency Medical Services including ambulances is a growing problem for many communities across our region,” said Igo. “Following conversations I have had with local stakeholders and providers, it has become clear that structural changes are needed for the long-term viability of these services in our area. This one-time emergency aid will give us the additional time needed to make sure ambulance services can continue uninterrupted while we work together to find a lasting solution.”

The bill establishes an aid program for licensed ambulance service providers, administered by the commissioner of revenue and makes a onetime appropriation of $122.5 million for the program. It was passed out of the Health Finance and Policy Committee on Tuesday and referred to the Taxes Committee where it awaits further action.