Houston county commissioners discuss EMS options

Houston county commissioners discuss EMS options
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - The clock is ticking on emergency medical services in Houston County.

The county received a letter on December 11 from East Texas Medical Services claiming that due to changes in Medicaid and Medicare, they could no longer afford to offer ambulance or airlift services.

They will immediately terminate their service on March 14.

Houston County commissioners met today to discuss their potential options in finding a new service.

"It's a fact-finding issue right now to determine how we approach this issue," said Houston County Judge Erin Ford.

According to Ford, there are three options moving forward. Option one would be to pay a $600,000 subsidy to keep current ETMC EMS services. Their other options included finding a separate third-party provider or having a county- run service.

What's causing a delay is that Houston County has an existing contract with ETMC, stating that they aren't allowed to have any other EMS providers in the county.

Although there are less than 90 days to find a solution, Ford remains positive.

"I don't know exactly what the process will be at this point, but we will have ambulance service," Ford said.

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