The Monroe County Commission is taking action on providing emergency medical services in the county. The commission was alerted about a potential problem after representatives from Union Rescue told commissioners about financial difficulties. The rescue squad was not sure they would be able to provide services in light of reductions in the amount they were reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid.
On Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, the commission appointed a committee to study EMS in Monroe County. They have been asked to report on how services will be provided over the next five to ten years.
One component they are being asked to explore is the idea of implementing a countywide ambulance service. An ordinance could be enacted to allow fee to pay for the service. That concept is not supported by Peterstown Rescue, a volunteer organization which covers the southern area of the county.
The County Commission stated in a release that no ordinance has been adopted and no fees have been assessed. A meeting of the EMS Committee is scheduled for Feb. 22 at Lindside Methodist Church Family Life Center.