Air medical transportation; informed decision. (HB778)

Introduced By

Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale) with support from co-patron Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Air medical transportation; informed decision. Requires each hospital to establish a protocol requiring that, before a health care provider arranges for air medical transportation services for a patient who does not have an emergency medical condition, the hospital provide the patient or his authorized representative with written or electronic notice that the patient (i) may have a choice of transportation by an air medical transportation provider or medically appropriate ground transportation by an emergency medical services provider and (ii) will be responsible for charges incurred for such transportation in the event that the provider is not a contracted network provider of the patient's health insurance carrier or such charges are not otherwise covered in full or in part by the patient's health insurance plan. The provisions of such requirement become effective on March 1, 2019. The bill directs the Office of Emergency Medical Services to develop a mechanism no later than January 1, 2019, to disclose to a patient, prior to services provided by an out-of-network air transport provider, a good faith estimate of the range of typical charges for out-of-network air transport services provided in that geographic area. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103240D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/18/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/22/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB778)
01/23/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18105449D-H1
01/25/2018Read first time
01/26/2018Read second time
01/26/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105449D-H1
01/26/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB778H1
01/29/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/29/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB778H1)
01/30/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/15/2018Reported from Education and Health with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Read third time
02/19/2018Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2018Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2018Placed on Calendar
02/21/2018Senate amendments agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/21/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB778ER)
02/26/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB778ER)
02/26/2018Signed by Speaker
02/28/2018Signed by President
03/02/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 2, 2018
03/02/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 9, 2018
03/09/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 271 (effective - see bill)
03/09/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 271 (effective 3/1/19)
03/09/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0271)