Text of the Medicare Ambulance Payment Extension Act

This bill was introduced on May 3, 2007, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 3, 2007 (Introduced).

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1st Session

H. R. 2164


May 3, 2007

(for himself, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Allen, Mr. Pickering, and Mr. English of Pennsylvania) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an extension of increased payments for ground ambulance services under the Medicare Program.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicare Ambulance Payment Extension Act.


Extension of increased Medicare payments for ground ambulance services

Section 1834(l)(13) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(l)(13)) is amended—


in subparagraph (A), in the heading, by striking In general and inserting For the second half of 2004 and for 2005 and 2006;


by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C);


by inserting the following after subparagraph (A):


For 2008 and 2009

After computing the rates with respect to ground ambulance services under the other applicable provisions of this subsection, in the case of such services furnished on or after January 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2010, the fee schedule established under this section shall provide that the rate for the service otherwise established, after application of any increase under paragraphs (11) and (12), shall be increased by 5 percent.

; and


in subparagraph (C), as redesignated by paragraph (2)—


in the heading, by striking Application of increased payments after 2006 and inserting No effect on subsequent periods; and


by adding at the end the following new sentence: The increased payments under subparagraph (B) shall not be taken into account in calculating payments for services furnished after the period specified in such subparagraph..