Trinity County Commissioners vote against EMS transfer

Trinity County Commissioners vote against EMS transfer

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Monday morning, Trinity County commissioners voted down a proposed plan to transfer services from East Texas Medical Service EMS to Georgetown based Allegiance EMS.

County Judge Doug Page said the vote was three against and two for the proposal.

In December, Trinity County officials received word that ETMC EMS will no longer be operating in the southern part of the county, effective March 14, 2015.

Page said ETMC EMS handles the EMS duties for the southern part of Trinity County, and Groveton EMS provides ambulance service to the northern part of the county.

On Dec. 11, ETMC officials met with Houston County officials to announce that they were discontinuing their ambulance service in that county. As with Trinity County, it will be effective on March 14, 2015.

“For many years, ETMC has been able to provide ambulance service in many communities for free or for a small fee, but with the changes in reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance we could no longer afford to provide this service, “ Neal Franklin, the general manager for ETMC EMS said in a previous East Texas News story. “ETMC EMS will work with the community on finding a new provider.”

Houston County Judge Erin Ford said the commissioners in his county will be looking at other options. He said ETMC's decision to stop its ambulance service in Houston County will not apply to the Grapeland Emergency Service District, which has a different ambulance service contract in place. Following

Monday meeting, Page announced there will be a special called meeting on the issue Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. in the commissioner's court room.

Ford said he hopes to have more information from a third-party consultant by the end of this week.

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