Ambulance Funding Threatened
December 12, 2013
SOUTHERN TIER -- (WENY) Senator Chuck Schumer warns that ambulance crews are threatened with the loss of critical funding.
At stake is $40 million in Medicaid payments statewide used to pay for ambulance services. He says that critical funding will expire Jan. 1 if Congress doesn't act first.
The Democrat says that without action, urban ambulances will lose 2% of their federal funding and rural services will lose 3%. An officer with the American Ambulance Association says the funding is needed for financial stability and to replace old equipment and update technology.