Daily Archives: July 20, 2011

Ambulance fees to go up in Sedgwick County for some users

Ambulance fees in Sedgwick County will increase for the first time since 2003.

Commissioners voted 3 to 2 today to raise fees for services provided by EMS crews. The increase will affect about 35 percent of users.

The increase will not affect the 65 percent of patients who have Medicare, Medicaid or Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Under the fee schedule approved today, non-emergency ambulance trips, say from a nursing home to another facility, will rise from $250 to $350 or $350 to $450 depending on the level of care.

Emergency responses will rise from $500 to $600 or $600 to $650 depending on the level of care.

Rides for some critical care patients will increase from $600 to $700.

The mileage fee also will increase from $7 to $10.

County staff have estimated the higher fees will bring in more than $648,000.

Commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Richard Ranzau voted against the increases.

Public hearing under way on Sedgwick County budget

Several speakers are urging Sedgwick County commissioners not to cut the extension center’s budget the roughly 15 percent recommended by staff.

From master gardeners and 4-H leaders, supporters of the center say the cut would devastate the agency.

County Manager William Buchanan asked county department heads to cut their budgets 6.6 percent, except for those involved in public safety, where he asked for cuts of 3.3 percent.

Buchanan presented his recommended budget to commissioners last week.

Buchanan has recommended a nearly 15 percent cut for the Sedgwick County Extension Center. He said in an Eagle story Monday that the center’s budget had increased 9.8 percent during the past five years while the county’s general fund had increased 1.7 percent. He said that was why he had recommended a higher cut for the center.

Today is the first of two public hearings before commissioners vote on the budget Aug. 3.

The next public hearing will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in the commission’s chambers on the third floor of the courthouse, 525 N. Main.