Firing Prompts Walk-Out At Ambulance Service In Central Oregon

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The volunteer crew serving Gilliam County temporarily quit when their boss was fired after a COVID-19 hospitalization.

New Source of Federal Funding Could Bolster Ambulance Services

Oregon could follow California in drawing down federal funds to compensate local governments for the portion of ambulance costs currently unfunded by Medicaid. House Bill 4030 directs the Oregon Health Authority to work with ambulance service providers to more than double the amount of money they receive for transporting Medicaid patients, while also working to include private ambulance providers who are contracted through the counties.

Fire chiefs have come across a source of federal funding that could more than double the reimbursement they receive for responding to 911 calls for medical emergencies and transporting Medicaid recipients in ambulances.

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