‘Ambulance fee’ stalls in Moundsville

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A plan to bill insurance companies for EMS services in one local community has stalled.

At their regular meeting, the Moundsville City Council decided against charging so-called “mitigation rates” when the city fire department responds to a call.

Under the plan, insurance companies would receive a bill after a fire department call. Those “mitigation fees” would offset the cost of items used, such as things used to soak up fuel spilled in an accident.

An additional reading of the ordinance, which was needed for it to become law, failed for lack of a second.

“In the beginning, the main thing Council said was, ‘We don’t want to put any more fees on our citizens’. And, so, we’re tip-toeing through that very carefully to make sure that we’re not going to be causing any rate increases,” said Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy. 

Other communities in our area already have some form of ambulance fee.

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