Prince William County supervisors approve ambulance fees

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors unanimously gave final approval Tuesday to implement fees for ambulance runs.

The county will charge Medicaid, Medicare and insurance companies but not individuals. Tax revenue will cover anything not paid by a resident's insurance, and fees for the uninsured will be waived. The ambulance fees, which will be reviewed annually, will be $400 for basic life support and $500 to $700 for advanced life support services. A fee of $10 per loaded mile will also be added.

The fees are expected to generate $3.1 million in the first year and $18 million within the next fives year, county officials said. McGee said several nearby jurisdictions, including Manassas, Manassas Park, Fairfax County, Arlington County and Alexandria, have similar fees.

-- Jennifer Buske

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