A billing policy change at Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District that went into effect Wednesday will ease the financial burden on residents who receive emergency medical transportation by ambulance.
The district — which serves about 30,000 residents spanning a 65-square-mile area south and east of Boulder from Rocky Flats up to the city’s northern edge — is no longer billing district taxpayers for ambulance service costs not covered by their health insurance plans.
Part of the reason such a policy is fiscally viable for Rocky is its medical calls often serve people from outside the district boundaries who are injured or suffer an emergency while exploring the myriad mountain trails in the area or while commuting on U.S. 36.
Those clients still will get a bill for its ambulance transportation.
The new policy represents a philosophical shift in who bears the burden of funding emergency medical services away from models used by other agencies in Boulder County — Rocky has opted to spread the cost among its tax base, while nearby departments expect the individuals receiving the service to pay a portion of their own cost.
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