What is EMS Cost Recovery?

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Cost Recovery is the process of obtaining financial reimbursement for the cost of providing medically necessary ambulance transportation. Medicaid, Medicare and most private and employer-sponsored health insurance policies provide for payment for ambulance transport. For more information on prehospital EMS services, see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS Information (PDF).

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1. What is EMS Cost Recovery?
2. Why is the City of Charlottesville engaging in EMS Cost Recovery?
3. How will this program affect me?
4. Will the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS) bill for service in the City?
5. How much money will be recovered?
6. What other localities in this area have EMS Cost Recovery programs?