DE SB207 | 2013-2014 | 147th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 16-6)
Status: Passed on September 24 2014 - 100% progression
Action: 2014-09-24 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


In 1999, House Bill 332 established new response time goals and certification standards for the delivery of basic life support and emergency medical services. In order to meet the new standards, volunteer ambulance companies needed to hire paid EMTs and ambulance attendants to ensure the availability of sufficient numbers of trained, certified staff on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis to meet the new response time goals. The authors of House Bill 332 recognized that compliance with the new goals and standards would impose additional expense on the volunteer ambulance companies, however, neither House Bill 332 nor any subsequent legislation has addressed the funding sources for basic life support ambulance service in Delaware. Increased costs, without corresponding increases in revenue, have eroded the financial stability of volunteer ambulance companies. In 2012, 40 of Delaware’s 55 volunteer ambulance companies reported they are now conducting ambulance/EMS operations at a loss. In 2013, House Bill 215 established the Ambulance and EMS Task Force (“Task Force”). In February 2014, the Task Force issued its report on the state of funding of ambulance and EMS services in Delaware and noted, “By some accounts, the public may begin to see diminished ambulance service in as little as 8 to 12 months, if steps are not taken promptly to meet the funding need.” The Task Force made 9 findings and 13 recommendations aimed at addressing this issue. This bill would implement one of the Task Force’s recommendations to improve the funding of basic life support ambulance services in Delaware by ensuring that health insurers, health service corporations, health maintenance organizations, or managed care organizations do not set their allowable charges below the costs incurred by the volunteer ambulance companies in providing an ambulance run and basic life support services.

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An Act To Amend Title 18 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Required Coverage For Volunteer Ambulance Company Services.


Roll Calls

2014-07-01 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2014-07-01 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2014-06-04 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 20 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2014-09-24HouseSigned by Governor
2014-07-01SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-07-01HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 41 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-07-01HouseAmendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2014-07-01HouseAmendment HA 1 - Introduced in House
2014-06-11HouseReported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY) in House with 6 On Its Merits
2014-06-05HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House
2014-06-04SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-04SenateAmendment SA 1 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 1 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-04SenateAmendment SA 1 - Introduced in Senate
2014-05-08SenateReported Out of Committee (INSURANCE) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2014-04-30SenateAssigned to Insurance Committee in Senate

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