House passes Cleveland bill to protect against surprise ambulance bills

OLYMPIA — Senate legislation passed today by the House will ensure the continuation of timely ambulance response while also protecting Washingtonians from being billed for emergency ambulance service beyond the costs covered by their health plans. Because it was amended in the House, SB 5986 cannot be signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee until the Senate agrees to accept the changes by the House. Senate approval of those changes, which were agreed to by its sponsor, Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), is expected. SB 5986 addresses emergency ambulance service on two levels. First, it clarifies rates in state statutes to fortify the availability of ambulance service in all corners of the state. Second, the bill expands existing protections that shield consumers ...

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