Air ambulance service agreement nixed by Texas Governor

TO COME OUT.2-SYDNEY:WE’VE ALL SEEN DRAMATIC VIDEO AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER OF HELICOPTERS RESPONDING TO SCENES TO TRANSPORT PATIENTS. 2-ROBERT: BUT IF THE HELICOPTER THAT SHOWS UP IS OUT OF YOUR INSURANCE NETWORK– YOU’RE STUCK WITH A HEFTY BILL.. SOMETIMES IN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS.2-SYDNEY: KXAN’S WES RAPAPORT LOOKS AT WHY LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HAVE LIMITED THOSE MEDICAL BILLS DIDN’T GET PAST THE GOVERNOR’S DESK.BUTCH MEMBER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITALTHEY TOLD US THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO ENTER A MEMBERSHIP …… SUPER BUTCH THATWE WOULD BE COVERED IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO OUR FAMILY NO MATTER WHERE WE WEREWES: BUTCH NUDING √°THOUGHT HAVING THREE DIFFERENT MEMBERSHIPS TO A PRIVATE AIR AMBULANCE COMPANY WOULD PROTECT HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY… WHEN HIS BROTHER’S GRANDSON FELL OFF A SLIDE, FRACTURING HIS SKULL– THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE COVERED FOR THE FLIGHT FROM ASPERMONT TO LUBBOCK.BUTCH NUDING///FAMILY MEMBER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL”COME TO FIND OUT WHERE AFFECTED NOT SHOW UP. THEY SENT ANOTHER CARRIER AND THEY PICKED THE BOY UP AND TOOK HIM TO LUBBOCK AND THEY BILLED MY NIECES FAMILY $55,000 FOR THE TRIP” WES: HE TOOK HIS CONCERNS TO REPRESENTATIVE DREW SPRINGER– WHO FILED A BILL TO REQUIRE PRIVATE AIR AMBULANCE COMPANIES TO ENTER RECIPROCITY AGREEMENTS…STATE REP. DREW SPRINGER///(R) MUENSTERIF YOU HAVE ONE MEMBERSHIP AND ANOTHER COMPANY SELLS A MEMBERSHIP THEY HAVE TO HONOR THATWES: GOV. GREG ABBOTT VETOED THE BILL– SAYING IT WOULD “UNNECESSARILY INTRUDE INTO THE OPERATIONS OF PRIVATE BUSINESSES” AND “LIKELY RUNS AFOUL OF FEDERAL LAW”STATE REP. DREW SPRINGER///(R) MUENSTERTHAT’S WHERE I WOULD PROBABLY DISAGREE WITH THE GOVERNOR ON BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE UPSIDE DOWN IN YOUR CAR AND EMS IS CALLING SOMEBODY TO COME GET YOU, YOU MAY NOT EVEN BE COHERENT SO YOU CAN’T SAY NO I DON’T HAVE XYZ SEND ME ABC WES: THE BILL WOULD HAVE REQUIRED COVERAGE TO BE RECOGNIZED IN THE COUNTY OF THE EMERGENCY– AND NOT JUST THE COUNTY OF RESIDENCE… STATE SEN. DONNA CAMPBELL///(R) NEW BRAUNFELS “THEY CAN’T GUARANTEE THE DELIVERY, THEY CAN’T GUARANTEE WHAT THEY’VE SOLD.”WES: STATE SENATOR DONNA CAMPELL– AN EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR– WAS A CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL…STATE SEN. DONNA CAMPBELL///(R) NEW BRAUNFELS”THERE’S A TRUE PROBLEM AND A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY IF A MEMBER THINKS ‘IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME A HELICOPTER IS GOING TO COME AND TAKE ME TO THE HEALTH CENTER OR THE TRAUMA CENTER’ AND THAT MAY NOT BE THE CASE” WES: NUDING SAYS IT SHOULDN’T MATTER WHERE AN ACCIDENT HAPPENS…BUTCH MEMBER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL”YOU GET SOMEONE TO THE HOSPITAL THE FASTEST AND THE QUICKEST WAY YOU CAN TO SAVE LIVES.”WES RAPAPORT KXAN NEWSROBERT: REPRESENTATIVE SPRINGER SAYS HE PLANS TO FILE THE BILL AGAIN NEXT SESSION. HE SAYS HE’LL WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR’S

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