Ambulance fees to increase beginning April 1

 

John Verser

County commissioners check out a trailer before agreeing to purchase it for the highway department at Tuesday's meeting. The county paid $700 for the double axle trailer that will be used to haul small equipment. Pictured, from left, are county commissioners Daria Anderson-Faden and Tim Nolting, county highway department supervisor Dave Hottell, deputy county clerk Josi Morgan and county commissioner Larry Engstrom.

The Kimball County Commissioners unanimously approved an increase in fees for the county's ambulance service at Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting.

Carla Goranson, county ambulance director, said the increase was needed to cover the cost of operating the service. She said the cost of an average call to the ambulance service is $938.20. However, Medicare only reimburses the service $260 per call, leaving the county to lose money if paid for through that program. Goranson said 58 percent of ambulance runs in the county is covered by Medicare. Other insurance companies pay a higher rate.

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