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Obamacare blamed for N.C. private ambulance shutdown

Reduced Affordable Care Act funding for non-emergency transports put the county’s last private ambulance company out of business after 18 years


HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The county’s last private ambulance company will cease operations Friday, forcing the Henderson County Rescue Squad to pick up its non-emergency transports.

Arc’Angel Trans-support Services has provided non-emergency medical transports in Henderson County for 18 years, typically taking non-ambulatory patients between nursing homes and doctor’s offices or hospitals.

Starting Friday, the company will no longer dispatch ambulances from its office on Haywood Road and most of those non-emergency trips will be picked up by the Rescue Squad, according to county officials. Emergency calls will not be affected by the switch.

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