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We’re doing a disservice to patients if we protect them from hospital bills but bankrupt them on the way there.

James Gelfand, senior vice president of health policy for the ERISA Industry Committee, on air ambulance rides, which can cost in the tens of thousands and aren't usually covered by insurance. Congress is floating plans to protect patients from surprise medical bills -- but none of them address air ambulance costs.

James Gelfand, senior vice president of health policy for the ERISA Industry Committee, on air ambulance rides, which can cost in the tens of thousands and aren't usually covered by insurance. Congress is floating plans to protect patients from surprise medical bills -- but none of them address air ambulance costs.

Caroline Cournoyer is GOVERNING's senior web editor.
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