A state district judge in Avoyelles Parish has ruled Acadian Ambulance is guilty of overbilling thousands of its customers and has ordered the emergency medical care service to pay over ten million dollarsMore >>
A state district judge in Avoyelles Parish has ruled Acadian Ambulance is guilty of overbilling thousands of its customers and has ordered the emergency medical care service to pay over ten million dollars in damages.More >>
The price of being sick or injured in Lafayette Parish has just gone up. Acadian Ambulance is increasing it rates. The Consolidated Council gave its approval Tuesday.
The rate increase is for both emergency and non-emergency services. Acadian Ambulance explains that in a nutshell Lafayette Parish has been getting a bumpy-free ride.
They say what Lafayette residents pay is about $200.00 lower than the norm. The rate will be adjusted from $673.00 up to $971.00. The relief is that the increase will happen over two years.
Jerry Romero is the Senior Vice President of Operations. Romero says the company's operating expenses continue to rise while reimbursements are decreasing "for us to continue the same high level of services, good response time, training and excellent equipment; then we need to have this rate increase to continue that level of service."
Romero says the rate hike will apply to people without insurance, without Medicaid and Medicare or with Blue Cross. Romero says Blue Cross has a negotiated rate with Acadian. The rate this year moves from $673.00 to $822.00. Then next year an emergency ride with Acadian will jump to $971.00 "It's an average of about 22% increase this year and then another 20% next year. So, in 2014 Lafayette will be on par with the rest of the state."
For non-emergency services the rate increase will be from $376.00 to $657.00; again this will be phased in over two years.