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File #: Res 1397-2012    Version: * Name: Reimburse NYC for ambulance transport fees incurred by individuals unable to pay for such services.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
On agenda: 6/28/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the state and federal government to reimburse New York City for ambulance transport fees incurred by individuals unable to pay for such services.
Sponsors: Letitia James, Fernando Cabrera , Margaret S. Chin, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Sara M. Gonzalez, Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell, Rosie Mendez, Deborah L. Rose, Jumaane D. Williams, Ruben Wills
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Res. No. 1397
 
 
Resolution calling upon the state and federal government to reimburse New York City for ambulance transport fees incurred by individuals unable to pay for such services.
 
 
By Council Members James, Cabrera, Chin, Dickens, Dromm, Gonzalez, Koo, Koppell, Mendez, Rose, Williams and Wills
 
Whereas, In New York City, the Fire Department (FDNY) responds to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, natural disasters and terrorist acts; and
Whereas, The FDNY is tasked with protecting individuals and property throughout the City; and
Whereas, Each year, the FDNY responds to more than 276,000 fire and non-fire related emergencies and more than 1.2 million medical emergencies; and
Whereas, The FDNY's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is the largest provider of EMS services in New York City and across the nation; and
Whereas, According to testimony delivered by the FDNY, when an insured individual experiences a medical emergency and requires an EMS ambulance, the FDNY will be compensated for such ambulance services approximately 95 percent of time; and
Whereas, However, if the same individual does not have insurance, it is likely that the FDNY will not be compensated for such service; and
Whereas, The FDNY estimates that approximately 20 percent of individuals that utilize EMS are identified as self-paying; and
Whereas, Initially, the FDNY works to recoup outstanding ambulance fees by working with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation or the voluntary hospitals to find insurance or recoupment information for the affected individual; and
 
Whereas, However, despite their best efforts, it is estimated that the FDNY is unable to recoup approximately $140 million in ambulance expenses every year; and
Whereas, Unfortunately, the FDNY is shouldered with the cost of providing critical and often lifesaving services without any government compensation; and
Whereas, While there are dedicated funds which pay hospitals for the provision of care for the uninsured and underinsured, this fund does not compensate for emergency medical services; and
Whereas, The federal and state government should ensure that the FDNY has adequate resources to protect the public safety and health of individuals in New York City; and
Whereas, Only with a significant investment from all levels of government can we guarantee that the FDNY continues to provide the highest quality of care to New Yorkers; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the state and federal governments to reimburse New York City for ambulance transport fees incurred by individuals unable to pay for such services.
 
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4/25/12