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Benton County Crafting Letter On Ambulance Issue

Posted: December 27, 2013 at 5 a.m.

County officials are working on an informational letter they plan to send to voters before the Feb. 11 vote on rural ambulance service.

At A Glance

Ambulance Providers

County officials have agreed to pay the seven municipal fire departments providing rural ambulance service about $942,000 for 2014. The money would ensure the service is available but not pay the cost of patient care. All of the cities — Bella Vista, Bentonville, Gravette, Pea Ridge, Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs — have said they will bill private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and the patients involved for the cost of any calls for service where a patient is transported by ambulance.

Source: Staff Report

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