Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee and Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it is soliciting applications and nominations for membership on two federal advisory committees on air travel: the Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee (ACAA Advisory Committee) and the Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee (AAPB Advisory Committee). These committees are mandated by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.
The ACAA Advisory Committee will assess barriers to accessible air travel, determine the extent to which DOT is addressing the barriers, recommend improvements, and advise the Secretary on implementing the Air Carrier Access Act.
The AAPB Advisory Committee will 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. Following this review, the AAPB Advisory Committee will make recommendations with respect to three general air-ambulance-related areas: (1) the disclosure of charges and fees for air medical services as well as related insurance coverage; (2) the consumer protection and enforcement authorities of the Department of Transportation and state authorities; and (3) the balance billing practices of providers of air medical services.
The Department will select individuals based on representativeness, expertise, balance, and willingness to participate fully. To be considered for membership on the ACAA Advisory Committee, interested parties, organizations, and individuals may submit applications and nominations via email to ACAA-Advisory-Committee@dot.gov. To be considered for membership on the AAPB Advisory Committee, interested parties, organizations, and individuals may submit applications and nominations via email to AirAmbulanceCommittee@dot.gov. Applications and nominations must be received by January 15, 2019. For more information on eligibility requirements and complete instructions on how to apply, please visit https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/latest-news.