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Campaigns Begin On Benton County’s Rural Ambulance Vote

Posted: January 6, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Supporters and opponents of Benton County’s rural ambulance plan will look for ways to spread their message as the Feb. 11 vote approaches.

At A Glance

Rural Ambulance Costs

Benton County officials have agreed to pay the seven municipal fire departments that provide 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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