Schumer said well-equipped, well-funded ambulatory services and medics are more important now than ever as the population ages and the number of Medicare beneficiaries increase. The 60-plus population in New York increased by 15 percent between 2000 and 2010, he said. Because approximately 40 percent of patients transported by ambulances are covered by Medicare, expiring Medicare payments are critical to ambulance providers, Schumer said.
Schumer said he is very happy that the Senate passed what he called “critical legislation,” which will now become law and help keep rural hospitals and ambulance providers up and running.
“With this funding in place, these life-saving programs can continue to ensure that Upstate New York residents can receive top-notch health and emergency care,” Schumer said, “and that our hospitals and ambulance providers are fairly compensated for their work.”