Potential policy to waive EMS ambulance fees in Bay County

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - County officials are looking to waive certain EMS fees for full-time county locals.

Tuesday, the county commission will be presented a policy that will waive ambulance fees.

Those fees can range from $800 to $1,400.

The county would still bill insurance companies, but locals won't have to pay any out-of-pocket fees.

This will especially benefit people on Medicare and Medicaid where those agencies can determine whether an ambulance ride was medically necessary or not, in some cases, requiring people to pay the entire fee of the ambulance ride.

"We began subsidizing EMS this past fiscal year, to the tune of $2.2 million. Those funds come out of the county general fund. So this is a way for us to come back and say to the residents of Bay County who are subsidizing this service, 'You will no longer get a bill from us,'" Bay County Manager Bob Majka said.

An effective date for this new policy to start will be May 1st if the county commission approves it.