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City Council Expected to Take Up EMS Cost Recovery Plan at Monday Meeting

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A CARS ambulance housed at Charlottesville Fire Department's Fontaine Avenue station A CARS ambulance housed at Charlottesville Fire Department's Fontaine Avenue station
Bob Fenwick, Charlottesville City Council member Bob Fenwick, Charlottesville City Council member
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

An ambulance ride to the hospital could cost injured or ill people in the city of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville City Council is set to take up the Emergency Service Cost Recovery Plan at its meeting Monday, June 19.

The Charlottesville Fire Department and Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad, or CARS, are proposing the plan to bill for medical services.

Council approved billing in 2014, but never set the fees. The proposed program is structured as insurance-only billing.

“There will be no extra cost to the citizens. The cost recovery will come from Medicare, Medicaid, personal insurance, and it will not affect the response for the 911 calls. In fact, it should be better and we want to make sure it stays better,” said Charlottesville City Council member Bob Fenwick.

City council members are looking to the public for input and expect to make a decision next month.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 17.

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