TEMSA’s Surprise Billing Discussion



Both the state and federal governments passed legislation that bans surprise billing for emergency services. However, EMS agencies were exempt in both concepts. As a result, the media have been examining why EMS agencies are exempt.

Click here for coverage from the New York Times. Click here for coverage from the San Antonio Express-News.

Lawmakers understood the concerns of EMS agencies that they would have to pass the costs along to taxpayers if they could not bill patients for the service. However, some stakeholders are expected to continue to push to stop EMS agencies from billing patients for the full cost of service when the 2021 Texas Legislature meets.

TEMSA members are encouraged to join a Zoom discussion with the industry’s lobbyists on Monday, January 11 at 2 p.m. CST to discuss how EMS agencies can work with their state lawmakers on this important issue.

Only TEMSA members are invited to join, and you must e-mail Bobby@txemsa.com to receive the Zoom link.

The industry lobbyists on the Zoom discussion will include:

  • Craig Holzheauser
  • Heather Vasek
  • Jonathan Connors
  • Bryan Epstein