Md. county develops multi-million ambulance fee program
The program will have insurers charged for residents who use county ambulances, expected to generate $18 million
By Kate Jacobson
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Montgomery County officials are planning to spend almost $1 million to start a program to charge ambulance fees.
The program, in which insurers will be charged for residents to use county ambulances, is expected to generate $18 million for the county each year. It will start in the spring and will be run through the county's Fire and Rescue Service, said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham. The county is creating four positions to handle the program and is planning to contract with a third-party billing company to charge the fees.
One of the new positions is a "patient advocate" who will field questions and complaints from residents, as well as help patients who are eligible for a waiver if they don't have insurance to pay the fee. County spokesman Patrick Lacefield said he doesn't foresee many residents complaining about the program or the process, but the position was created in response to council members and residents who were worried there would be no support if residents had questions.
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