You May Need to Pay for Your Next Ambulance Trip

By Brandon Benavides
|  Thursday, May 20, 2010  |  Updated 2:46 PM EDT
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You May Need to Pay for Your Next Ambulance Trip

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The Montgomery County Council approved an emergency medical services transport fee. It passed in a 5-4 vote Wednesday.

The bill allows the county to charge people transported by county ambulances between $300 and $800, depending on the level of care they need. Patients would also be charged $8.50 per mile of the trip.
 
“Our decisions bolster our reserve, allow us to preserve essential services, protect our children’s classroom experience and moderate the impacts of the tax increases,” said Council President Nancy Floreen.
 
County officials said most health insurance companies will cover the fee. Those residents without health insurance can apply for a fee waiver.
 
County officials said the fee could raise almost $13 million a year.
 
The council is expected to adopt the final budget May 27.
 
The ambulance fee could begin as early as July 1.

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