The state of Wyoming is scrambling to try to block a federal judge’s ruling that the state may not regulate how much air ambulance companies charge for transporting workers who are injured on the job.
The state is asking a federal appeals court in Denver to block this summer’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne that federal law prohibits state regulation of air ambulance companies. The companies are due to file a response later this week.
Four companies claimed in a lawsuit the state owes them about $2 million for past flights. The companies have argued Wyoming had capped what it would pay for air ambulance services at just over $3,900 per flight.
The companies had submitted bills that sometimes exceeded $40,000 per flight.