Ambulance fees spike across the country, still Lufkin's base rate remains stable

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Ambulance providers across the country are facing an increase in fees.

According to the American Ambulance Association, low Medicare reimbursement rates, and lots of uninsured patients are behind the spike. Plus there's less support from local government in many areas.

Here in Lufkin -- it's a different story.

"The last few years, there has been a slight decrease in the amount that Medicare and Medicaid provides in reimbursement to ambulance services. However, with our population, we haven't seen any sign of decreases," said William Gates, Administrative Captain for the Lufkin Fire Department.

Gates says the last time the Lufkin base rate increased was in 2006. That rate is $625. It includes the costs of supplies, plus travel mileage.

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