FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Seeking reimbursement for EMS transport and medical services associated with emergency care makes financial sense for the combined career and volunteer EMS system. The majority of Warren County citizens and visitors have already paid for these benefits through their health insurance premiums or federal taxes.
For those who have private medical insurance, this benefit is a part of their health insurance premium through their employer or workers’ association. For those who are Medicare eligible, they have paid for this benefit through payroll deduction into the Medicare fund.
By seeking reimbursement for EMS transport services, the county’s EMS service providers will be able to recover existing funds for EMS operations, thereby infusing additional revenue into the operational needs of the fire and rescue system, without raising taxes.
The cost for ambulance reimbursement transport for many insurance companies is an extremely small percentage of their overall expenditures. The vast majority of expenditures that an insurance company experiences each year are for hospitalization and hospital procedures and operations.
2. Will health care premiums be increased to cover ambulances fee?
No, insurance carriers and Medicare have already built ambulance fees into their premiums. They have already factored the ambulance reimbursement cost into their actuary tables for their plan enrollees.
EMS services are traditionally used by individuals who are having an acute or emergency situation and there is no evidence that an entity's seeking reimbursement for EMS services plays a role in a person's decision to call 911. No one who calls 911 will ever be denied treatment or transport to a hospital because they lack healthcare insurance.
4. If 9-1-1 is called by me or on my behalf, and I refuse ambulance transport, will I be subject to reimbursement requirements?
No, the proposed program is only for ambulance transportation. Persons are encouraged to contact 9-1-1 at the earliest thought that they or another person may be in need of emergency medical services. However, certain situations result in treatment only, or the person may simply not desire to be transported by ambulance. In those non-transport cases, there would be no responsibility for reimbursement.
5. What will Warren County do with the revenue from the EMS transport reimbursement program?
The intent of the Board of Supervisors is that the program revenue will be used to enhance and support the EMS delivery system in Warren County. Funding would be earmarked for the purchase of ambulances and related equipment for volunteer and career staffed stations, for purchasing EMS training materials and delivering EMS training classes and for supporting communications technologies needed for effective EMS service delivery.
No. Only the person for whom 9-1-1 is called would have this responsibility. 9-1-1 should be contacted at the earliest point when someone may need emergency medical services. Teachers, coaches, facility managers and the like should not hesitate to call 9-1-1 when they think emergency medical services are needed.
7. I called 9-1-1 and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. I was then transported to another hospital by a private ambulance service. Will I be charged twice?
You may be. However, private ambulance services are different from EMS. Warren County would only request reimbursement for the EMS ambulance transport. The private ambulance or other service may charge a separate fee for the transport from one hospital to another. Regulation of private ambulance services and fees are outside of the regulatory control of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
If you have additional questions or concerns please contact the Cost Recovery Manager for Warren County at 540-636-3830