CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Medical Services announced today, November 16, 2022, a significant increase in ambulance ground transportation rates.

A ten percent increase in ambulance ground transportation rates was put in place which will help more than 200 West Virginia ambulance providers with $11.8 million in additional reimbursements per fiscal year.

“We have so much gratitude for West Virginia’s ambulance and emergency medical services workers, especially during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting stress on the state’s health care system. Together with Gov. Justice, we requested this increase because these funds are critical to our local ambulance services, many of which operate in rural areas where access to healthcare is limited. I am proud to make this announcement today because I know how much it will mean for all our EMS workers, and all the West Virginians who rely on them to respond when they’re needed most.”

Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

Effective today and retroactively beginning July 1, 2022, West Virginia’s ambulance rate will now be paid at the same rate as Medicare. This is the maximum rate that Medicaid is allowed to pay by statute.