- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Southeast Alaska lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow air ambulance providers to offer medevac services in membership programs.

Rep. Cathy Munoz, in her sponsor statement, said such programs can save Alaskans out-of-pocket costs.

She says more than 3,200 Alaskans in southeast Alaska took advantage of that type of program, before the state Division of Insurance last year found the business model no longer met legal exemptions.

The bills, introduced in the state House and Senate, would set out terms under which the programs could continue.

Joining Munoz on the House bill are Reps. Peggy Wilson and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. The Senate bill is by Sens. Bert Stedman and Dennis Egan.

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