Albemarle Co. Announces Changes to Ambulance Transportation Billing Program

July 28, 2014

Albemarle County is making changes to the Cost Recovery Program for ambulance transportation.

Starting Friday, Albemarle Co. will only bill insurance providers for a ride in an ambulance.

County residents will no longer be responsible for picking up the remainder of the tab.

The EMS Cost Recovery Program is an effort to recover the costs of emergency medical services involved when taking a patient to the hospital.

Currently, the Albemarle Co. ambulances in Hollymead, Monticello, Pantops, Route 29 North and Ivy, as well as the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, are participating in the program. As of September 1st, the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad and the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company will also be participating.

The county also points out:

-No one will be denied treatment and transportation because of an inability to pay.

- If you are not transported to the hospital as part of the EMS response, there will be no bill.

- Most insurance policies, including Medicare and Medicaid, already allow for reimbursement for this service.

- Albemarle County residents will not be responsible for anything beyond what their insurance pays, if they have insurance. If they do not have insurance they will not be billed.

- Non-residents who are unable to pay their balance after all applicable insurance is collected will be treated with compassion and provided with options to ensure that financial hardship is avoided, with the bottom line being that people who cannot pay will not have to pay.

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