"It's worked for us," he said.
Kanawha County officials also want to introduce a bill banning transportation brokers for non-emergency medical transport.
Carper said lawmakers turned down a proposal last year to hire outside brokers to manage non-emergency transportation, but the Department of Health and Human Resources went ahead with a plan to take bids for transportation brokers.
Brokers are supposed to better manage Medicaid costs for non-emergency transportation, but ambulance service providers are against the idea. Kanawha County ambulance officials said they will have to cut services if brokers start managing non-emergency calls, and ambulance officials in many rural areas say they rely on money from non-emergency transportation to supplant their budgets.
Carper also wants to introduce a bill requiring that autopsy reports be made public in West Virginia. The bill would make written portions of the reports available to the public, but not autopsy photos or videos.
"It's public information," Carper said. "It has safeguards that make sense."
A recent study by the Connecticut General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research found 26 states have specific laws that talk about who can see autopsy reports and when. Public access to autopsy reports could help journalists or others find out the causes of death for those who died under mysterious circumstances, including while in police custody.
Such records are currently not public in West Virginia. States where at least portions of autopsy reports are considered public information include Alabama, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, Connecticut lawmakers found.
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