Prince William Co. to charge for ambulance trips

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - Prince William County plans to begin charging health insurance companies for ambulance trips.

On July 1, the county will start billing insurance companies when a patient is taken to the hospital by its emergency medical services. The county will charge Medicaid, Medicare and insurance companies but not individuals.

The ambulance fees will be $400 for basic life support services, and $500 and $700 for advanced life support services.

The county's fire chief says the initiative will generate an estimated $3.1 million each year, which will be used to upgrade emergency equipment and provide more training.

Several area jurisdictions have similar fees.

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