On October 5, 2018, President Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (FAA Act), Pub. L. No. 115-254, 132 Stat. 3186 (2018). Section 418 of the FAA Act requires the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to establish an advisory committee to review options to improve the disclosure of charges and fees for air medical services, better inform consumers of insurance options for such services, and protect consumers from balance billing.
AAPB Advisory Committee Docket
AAPB Advisory Committee documents are available on www.regulations.gov. The AAPB Advisory Committee's Docket number is DOT-OST-2018-0206.
AAPB Advisory Committee Charter
The ACPAC’s Charter, drafted in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, sets forth policies for the operation of the advisory committee and is available online on the FACA Database.
On September 12, 2019, the Secretary announced the formation of the Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee (AAPB Advisory Committee) and the appointment of 13 members to carry out the requirements of Section 418 of the FAA Act. The first meeting of the AAPB Advisory Committee is anticipated to be held in the near future and will be open to the public. The Department will issue a Federal Register notice announcing the date of the first meeting after coordinating with the AAPB Advisory Committee members. More information and the list of the AAPB Advisory Committee's members can be found on the Press Release.
AAPB Advisory Committee Reports to the Secretary of Transportation
Pursuant to Section 418 of the FAA Act, not later than 180 days after the date of the first meeting of the AAPB Advisory Committee, the AAPB Advisory Committee shall submit to the Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and appropriate committees of Congress a report containing recommendations with respect to the disclosure of charges and fees for air ambulance services and insurance coverage, consumer protection and enforcement authorities of both the Department of Transportation and State authorities, and the prevention of balance billing to consumers.
Secretary of Transportation's Reports to Congress
Pursuant to Section 420 of the FAA Act, not later than 180 days after the submission of the report required under Section 418 of the FAA Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall submit a report to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate on air ambulance oversight that includes: (1) a description of how the Secretary will conduct oversight of air ambulance providers, including the information sources the Secretary will use to conduct such oversight; and (2) a timeline for the issuance of any guidance concerning unfair and deceptive practices among air ambulance providers, including guidance for States and political subdivisions of States to refer such matters to the Secretary.