Air medical transportation; informed decision. (SB663)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


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


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103365D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB663)
01/29/2018Rereferred from Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Rereferred to Education and Health
02/02/2018Assigned Education sub: Health
02/08/2018Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Committee substitute printed 18105073D-S1
02/09/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105073D-S1
02/12/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB663S1
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/20/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Read second time
02/23/2018Read third time
02/23/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB663S1)
02/27/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB663ER)
02/27/2018Signed by Speaker
02/28/2018Impact statement from SCC (SB663ER)
03/02/2018Signed by President
03/05/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 5, 2018
03/05/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 682 (effective - see bill)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0682)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 26 seconds.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

westmoreland, delegate ransone. senate bill 663 is identical to house bill 778 that passed the house 99-0. Senate bill 663 establishes a protocol for hospitals to provide a choice of medical transportation and also estimated charges for patients when they need to be transferred to another hospital. I hope it is the pleasure of the house that we pass the bill. >> senate bill 672, a bill to amend and reenact two sections of the code of virginia, relating to health insurance;