Legislative Changes in Michigan
Public Act 413
On December 30th Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 413 which resulted from H.B. 5842 being passed through the legislature during 2014 lame duck session. H.B. 5842 was a result of a combination of several other bills. One of those bills was H.B. 5454 that MAAS had been opposing during the 2014 legislative session.
Public Act 413 provides the ability for a limited or advanced ambulance operation whose primary service area is in a county or micropolitian area with a population of 10,000 or less and whose primary service area has a population density of less than 7 people per square mile may have an ambulance available at less than the limited or advanced level of licensure.
A micropolitan area is defined to mean a micropolitan statistical area as most recently delineated by the United States Office of Management and Budget.
In order to do this both of the following conditions need to be meet:
- The medical control authority under which the ambulance operation operates authorizes the lesser availability.
- The advanced ambulance operation has department—approved local medical control authority protocols in place.
MAAS was able to get a sunset included in this law which makes provision repealed on January 1, 2018.