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Sturgis Ambulance gets support from City Council on opposition to proposed V.A. rule

Sturgis Ambulance-Medicaid Reimbursements

STURGIS, S.D. – The City of Sturgis will send a letter of support for the Sturgis Ambulance Service to ask the Veteran’s Administration to reconsider its proposed medicaid mileage cutback.

Sturgis Ambulance Director Shawn Fisher.

Fisher says when they do any kind of transport, they only get paid loaded miles – or when a patient is on board. She gave an example on how it affects a transport to Denver.

She says Sturgis Ambulance currently charges $18.00 per mile and under the proposed, new V.A. Medicaid rate, would be the lowest government rate, or $4.34 per mile.

Fisher explains the $18.00 per mile charge.

The council voted unanimously to send a letter of support to the state’s Congressional delegation in keeping the rates as they are now.

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