Committee Supports Barrar’s Bill to Pay Ambulance Companies for Services Rendered
HARRISBURG – The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously supported a bill drafted by chairman Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that would require insurance companies to reimburse emergency medical services agencies for services provided when a patient is not transported to the hospital.

“Commonwealth citizens are receiving critical care and medication, but ambulance companies are rarely paid unless the patient is transported to the hospital,” Barrar said. “Companies around the state are shutting their doors. We really have to be concerned about paying them for their services in order to keep them open.”

The committee also supported a bill that would provide an opportunity for young adults ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school to earn their GED. The National Guard Youth Challenge Program would only be open to those who volunteer; it would not be mandated by a judge.

In addition to offering assistance in obtaining a high school diploma, the program would improve life skills through supervised work experience and leadership development.

As both bills passed in committee, they will now face a vote in the House.

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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