Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), the chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, filed SB 2028, which would direct Texas Medicaid to create an alternate destination transport and treatment in place program. The bill models Medicare’s ET3 (Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport) model, which pays EMS agencies for treatment in place and alternate destination transports.
The cost savings measure is designed to give EMS agencies greater flexibility in addressing emergency health care needs within a community.
TEMSA strongly supports SB 2028.
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) has also agreed to carry the accompanying budget rider in the House to serve as the funding vehicle.