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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2001
Officials for a volunteer fire company will decide later this month whether to pursue further court action against the Carroll firemen's association to obtain county funds or to comply with a mandate to bill $200 for ambulance service. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. decided last week not to order the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association to turn over $12,500 in county funds to the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company. The association has withheld the money because Reese has refused to institute the minimum billing for ambulance service as other Carroll companies have.
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NEWS
January 7, 2014
Before Harford County entertains even a notion of levying a fire tax to support the local volunteer fire and ambulance service, the citizens need to have full access to the local fire company books. During a recent meeting of a county government commission reviewing the organization of the various volunteer fire and ambulance companies that provide an important public service, the idea of levying a special tax that would be dedicated to the fire and ambulance service was broached.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1998
Fed up with city residents who refuse to pay the required fee for calling an ambulance, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke wants to spend more than $600,000 to hire a private company to track down the scofflaws.But City Council members are fighting the mayor, saying that he is wasting money and is secretly trying to turn over ambulance service to private management.The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by the mayor, is expected to vote today on whether to hire the private company to collect fees.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1997
In a move that has infuriated and frightened emergency medical workers, Baltimore is considering turning over ambulance service to private management.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has instructed the fire chief to explore whether private companies can transport and provide quick emergency medical assistance to patients at a lower cost than the $8 million the city spends each year."All I'm doing is studying the issue and gathering information," Schmoke said.Schmoke said he expects proposals to go out within 30 to 60 days, and a final answer could come 60 days after that.
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Editorial from The Aegis | April 10, 2012
In a way, the problem with Harford County's ambulance service, which appears to be running in the red these days, according to a recent presentation to the Harford County Council, is emblematic of the problems facing the U.S. health care system. The short version: There's a lot of money involved and a lot of people who aren't directly involved in providing health services have a financial stake in what's going on. The long version is complicated and mind-numbingly detailed, but worth taking the time to understand.
NEWS
By Ellie Baublitz and James M. Coram and Ellie Baublitz and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1998
Carroll County's volunteer fire companies will meet tonight to discuss a county proposal to bill insurance companies for ambulance services routinely covered by health insurance providers.If members of the county's 14 volunteer companies agree, Carroll could collect $2.1 million or more a year from insurance companies for providing emergency medical services, according to county budget supervisor Ted Zaleski.The seven-point proposal calls for the county to administer the program and pay each company "dollar for dollar" the revenue generated from emergency calls.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 6, 1998
Members of Carroll's 14 volunteer fire companies expressed frustration and surprise at a long-standing county proposal to charge insurance companies for ambulance service.The four-page proposal was presented Monday to the Carroll County Volunteer Firefighters' Association by county Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman, past president of the association.The proposal would take effect only if all 14 companies agree.The County Commissioners reviewed the proposal last week and asked that it be circulated among association officials and the county's 14 fire companies before the association's monthly meeting Monday.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | August 13, 1991
The mayor of Annapolis said he welcomes a review of Fire Department policy following the death of a man who had to be treated by a back-up Anne Arundel County ambulance crew because a city crew was transporting Gov. William Donald Schaefer's longtime companion, Hilda Mae Snoops, to Baltimore with the mayor's authorization.Some Annapolis residents, however, want more of an investigation, and they want it to focus on the mayor.Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins last night issued a statement and memorandum before the City Council asking for the Public Safety Committee to look at policy.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 15, 1997
Leaders of the county Volunteer Firemen's Association agreed reluctantly yesterday to consider charging ambulance service fees that would be paid by health insurance companies.County financial analysts estimate that Carroll could gain up to $3.5 million in revenue from the fees -- nearly as much as the $3.8 million the county has proposed to provide volunteer companies in the next fiscal year. But association leaders warned the County Commissioners that the study of an ambulance fee might not lead anywhere.
NEWS
September 8, 2000
THE RELUCTANCE of Reese volunteer firemen to charge for ambulance calls is understandable, but it creates an intolerable rift in the county emergency services system. Refusal of the county firemen's association to give Reese its share of county funds to maintain emergency ambulance service is also intolerable -- and dangerous. The resolution is apparent: centralized, standard-rate billing by the county for emergency ambulance runs and allocation of county funds directly to each volunteer company, not through the firemen's association.
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