- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Grand Forks-based air ambulance company has filed a lawsuit to block a new North Dakota law that imposes more rules for operators.

Valley Med Flight says in court documents that the law illegally “regulates the prices, routes and services” provided by air ambulance services.

The lawsuit filed was filed Thursday against the state Health Department and North Dakota’s workers’ compensation agency. The agencies had not responded to the lawsuit on Friday.

The legislation says only air ambulance services that are listed with certain health care providers can qualify to be on a primary call list.

The new law also requires that a hospital “make a reasonable effort” to inform a patient or their legal guardian of the fees for air ambulance services.



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