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Indiana Ambulance Providers Worry Bill Would Put them Out of Business

A new bill in Indiana may dictate what ambulance providers can charge patients. (Photo/Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – An Indiana bill under consideration by state lawmakers to cut down on surprise medical bills reportedly has ambulance providers concerned it will put them out of business.

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The measure includes a provision that limits how much an ambulance service can charge if they take someone to a hospital that’s in-network for that patient’s insurance company.

Gary Booher, the executive director of the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, tells WPTA21 that the rates they charge are already low.

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“We try to keep our rates as low as possible for all of our residents, all of our patients, and by signing with a particular insurance company or insurance companies simply causes cost shifts to those who don’t have those insurance companies,” Booher said.

Booher said he plans to testify against the bill today at the State Senate.