Bedford ambulance rates set to increase for some
Currently, the ambulance fees are 30 percent above approved Medicare rates, compared to most other communities in the state, whose fees range from between 50 to 75 percent above Medicare rates.
“Of the 130 or so ambulance services, we would still rank among the bottom 10 ambulance providers for non-emergency transport, so it’s still a bargain, if you will, to have Bedford provide ambulance services,” said town council Chairman Christopher Bandazian.
The rate increase will have no effect on Medicare and Medicaid patients, officials said. “If you are a Medicare or Medicaid patient, the fees that are set up are the fees that are paid for by the town,” said Jim Scanlon, town councilor. “We as an organization, as a town, do not subsequently bill out any of those incremental fees. So, for members of the Bedford Taxpayers Association, for senior citizens this change that the town council may vote on will have no effect on the cost to a Medicare and Medicaid patient.”
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