Under existing law, a health care provider must obtain a certificate of need from the State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) before the provider may operate a new institutional health service. Under the State Health Plan developed by SHPDA, an air ambulance service is considered an institutional health service. Certain federal courts have held that a state's authority to require a certificate of need for air ambulance services is preempted by federal aviation laws
This bill would exempt air ambulance services from the jurisdiction of SHPDA and would prohibit SHPDA from requiring a certificate of need for air ambulance services
Relating to air ambulances; to add Section 22-21-279 to the Code of Alabama 1975, to exempt air ambulance services from obtaining a certificate of need in order to operate.
|January 13, 2022||H||Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Health|
|Bill Text||HB126 Alabama 2022 Session - Introduced|