Ambulance Fee Approved (Video)
The Montgomery County Council voted 6-3 to approve County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposal to impose an Emergency Medical Services Transport fee (ambulance fee). Once fully implemented, the fee is expected to generate $16-18 million in annual revenue for the county, mostly paid for by the health insurance companies of people who are transported.
A similar proposal in 2010 was approved by the Council. A voter referendum followed, and the measure was rejected by a margin of 54 to 46 percent. The version passed did include some amendments to the proposal of two years ago.
Voting in favor of Expedited Bill 17-12 were Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin, Nancy Floreen, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice and Hans Riemer. Councilmembers Phil Andrews, Roger Berliner and George Leventhal voted against the bill. Take a look at this video for more.