Governor Sean Parnell today signed legislation allowing air ambulance service providers to offer annual membership agreements and ensuring Alaskans are able to subscribe to this service.
"I appreciate Senator Stedman and Representative Cathy Munoz for their work on this legislation that will undoubtedly result in significant reductions in out-of-pocket costs for Alaskans," Governor Parnell said. "I also thank the men and women, the unsung heroes, behind Alaska's air ambulance companies that provide life-saving services every day."
Senate Bill 159, sponsored by Senator Bert Stedman, provides the framework by which an air medevac company can continue offering its AirCare program, which helps pay for flying seriously ill or injured people to hospitals outside of Southeast Alaska at costs that can run as high as $100,000 per flight.
Governor Parnell signed Senate Bill 159 at the Airlift Northwest hanger with Representative Cathy Munoz, members of Airlift Northwest's flight crew, Executive Director Chris Martin and Alaska Regional Manager Shelly Deering.