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Charlottesville Fire Dept. Ambulance Offers No Out-of-Pocket Costs for Insured City Residents

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Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A brand-new ambulance in Charlottesville is giving a free ride to the people of Charlottesville. Fire officials say if you have health insurance and live in the city, you won't have to pay out of pocket if you're taken to the hospital.

The Charlottesville Fire Department showed off its brand-new ambulance Wednesday, after not having one of its own in more than 60 years. All the others were loaned.

The department expects this to increase response rates without billing people for every trip.

If you call 911 and an ambulance comes out to the scene, you will not be charged anything unless you are taken to a hospital. If you are a city resident with health insurance and are taken to the hospital, you won't be paying out of pocket.

"We’re gonna be insurance-only billing for city residents, so we'll bill Medicare, Medicaid, and or private insurance, so there's no out-of-pocket cost for a city resident,” said Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter.

Anyone not from Charlottesville could see fees between $500 and $800 depending on the care that's administered. Those not from Charlottesville who utilize the services can apply for a hardship waiver to help with the costs. 

No one will ever be denied service based on their ability to pay.

The new ambulance will begin transport starting January 1.