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How opioid epidemic is taking toll on ambulance companies

December 19, 2019


PORCHA JOHNSON IS LIVE FROM THE CAPITAL. PORCHA: ANGELES COMPANIES ARE TREATING MORE PEOPLE WITH OVERDOSES BUT THEY ARE NOT GETTING PAID BY INSURANCE COMPANIES. — AMBULANCE COMPANIES ARE TREATING MORE PEOPLE CAN LAWMAKERS CREATED A BILL TO HELP THEM GET WHAT IS OWED TO THEM. LAWMAKERS SAY AN INCREASING NUMBER OF OVERDOSES HAS LED TO MORE EMERGENCY TREATMENT.>>PEOPLE ARE GETTING OUT OF THE AMBULANCE OR GETTING OUT OF THE DOOR, AND THEN THERE CAN BE NO RECOVERY. PORCHA: BRIN TOLD HIS COLLEAGUES IT IS AFFECTING AMBULANCE COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE. COMPANIES GET REIMBURSED FOR TREATING PATIENTS WHEN THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL FOR LAWMAKERS SAY WITH THE INCREASE IN EMERGENCY RESPONDERS LIVING ARCAND, SOME PATIENTS REFUSE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL.>>EVERY MONT I’M NOTIFIED BY AMBULANCE COMPANIES THAT ARE SHUTTING THEIR DOORS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO STAY OPEN. PORCHA: TODAY HOUSE ARE PRESENTED IS APPROVED A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BE REIMBURSED WITH HER WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION. — OR WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION. THE BILL COULD BE VOTED ON WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS BUT THERE IS A BIG CONCERN AND THAT INSURANCE INDUSTRY LOBBYISTS COULD IMPEDE THIS BILL BEING PASSED.

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