Leggett Urges Council Approval of New EMS Insurance Reimbursement Legislation: Changes Address Suggestions Made by Residents
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today urged Council approval of his new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Transport Insurance Reimbursement Act, which includes a package of amendments that significantly change the legislation from an EMS measure that was the subject of a referendum in 2010.
The Act would allow the County to recover $18 million a year in EMS costs from insurers and the government, at no cost to County residents -- whether or not they have health insurance. County residents would not even get a bill. Currently, all costs for the County Fire & Rescue Services are borne entirely by County taxpayers. Montgomery County is nearly the only jurisdiction in the region that does not have the authority to collect reimbursements.
The significant changes in the legislation include:
• Specify in the law that County residents pay no out-of-pocket expenses relating to any County EMS transport;
• Prohi ...more