High court may review air ambulance pricing

The Kansas Supreme Court is being asked to look at skyrocketing air ambulance costs. One 30-mile transport resulted in a nearly $50,000 bill.


State News

May 29, 2020 - 3:59 PM

TOPEKA, Kansas — Fed-up with sticker shock from air ambulance bills, one insurer has pressed its case all the way to the Kansas Supreme Court.

A justice on the state’s high court seemed sympathetic, even as he questioned whether state courts hold the power to tackle practices that critics see as predatory.

“We understand that you’re trying to fight federally sanctioned air pirates,” Justice Dan Biles told an attorney for the insurance company during oral arguments in Topeka in January. “But … it seems like your fight is with Congress.”

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