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ONE TRIP IN AN AMBULANCE

CAN CAUSE A NATION THOUSANDS OF

DOLLARS.

FELICIA BOLTON FOUND MANY LOCAL

FAMILIES IS CAN'T OR DON'T HE

THAT WILL.

TONIGHT SHE IS DIGGING DEEP TO

FIND OUT HOW ALL THOSE UNPAID

BILLS ARE COSTING YOU.

WADE COUNTY EMS RESPONSE TO

NEARLY 300 CALLS A DAY.

CASSONDRA COST MARROW KNOWS

FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE

SERVICE.

THE 24-YEAR-OLD IS BATTLING

SEVERAL IN THIS IS.

BASICALLY EVERYTHING IN MY

MONEY BODY THAT IS MADE OF

TISSUE DOESN'T WORK.

IT'S ONE OF MANY HEALTH

PROBLEMS THAT REQUIRE HER TO

TAKE AN AMBULANCE TO THE ER.

SHE SAYS HER MEDICAL THAT IS

THE NEARING $25,000.

HAVE PUT MY LIFE AT RISK

THAT OF CALLING 911 BECAUSE I

CANNOT PAY FOR IT.

I'M ALREADY HAVING TO PAY TO GO

TO THE HOSPITAL.

I WAS HAVING SAYS SYMPTOMS OF

ABOUT THOUGHT IN YOUR LUNGS.

I REFUSE TO CALL 911 BECAUSE

THEY WAITED UNTIL SOMEBODY

COULD COME PICK ME UP.

I WASN'T GONNA DRIVE MYSELF BUT

I WAS NOT GONNA CALL AN

AMBULANCE AND PAY 2 TO 5 GRAND.

ANOTHER $1400.

MANY OF HER MEDICAL BILLS GO

UNPAID THROUGH A PUBLIC RECORDS

REQUEST.

I DISCOVERED THAT SHE IS NOT

ALONE.

MORE THAN $77 MILLION FOR

SERVICES BETWEEN JANUARY 2017

AND MARCH 2019.

AS OF MARCH 2019, ABOUT READY

TO MILLIONS $36,000 REMAINED

UNPAID.

WADE COUNTY EMS JEFFREY

HAMMERSTEIN'S IS AN AVERAGE

MORE THAN AUTHORED OF

AMBULANCES PHOTO COMPLETELY

UNPAID, EVEN WITH INSURANCE.

IF THEY RESPOND TO YOU,

PROVIDE SERVICE, WE ARE SO

GONNA BUILD MEDICARE ARE YOUR

INSURANCE COMPANY, THE BALANCE

OF THAT BILL IS THE

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PATIENT.

AFTER 90 DAYS, THEY WILL

TURN THE BELL OVER TO THE

PATIENT'S.

THERE TAKEN FROM THE PATIENT'S

TAX REFUNDS OR EVEN LOTTERY

WINNINGS IF THEY HAVE NEITHER,

THEN THE GENERAL FUND, YOUR TAX

DOLLARS.

IS IT FAIR TO SAY IF THE

DEBT GOES UNPAID, TAXPAYERS PAY

THE BILLS?

THAT IS CORRECT, TAXPAYERS DO

CARRY THE LOAD OF WHAT IS NOT

COLLECTED.

ANY DIVIDED TO PAY AMULETS

MILLS TAKES THE DOLLARS AWAY

FROM AFFORDABLE HOUSING, PUBLIC

SAFETY AND HUMAN SERVICES.

BECAUSE OF THE COST OF

PAYING FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES,

IT IS HAVE A PROGRAM TO LESSEN

THE EXPENSE FOR TO $60 A YEAR,

YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN YOUR HOME

CAN RECEIVE EMERGENCY 911

SERVICES ANYWHERE IN WADE

COUNTY.

BUT YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP BEFORE

AN EMERGENCY.

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