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Supervisors vote to extend ambulance services in Washington County with existing provider

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The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the existing contract with Washington County Ambulance Services for one year and agreed to an increase of $5,550 per month to offset the cost of Medicaid cuts handed down by the state. The decision was approved at their meeting on Tuesday, May 14, by a vote of 3-0. Supervisor Richard Young abstained and supervisor Abe Miller was absent from the meeting.
GTNS file photo The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the existing contract with Washington County Ambulance Services for one year and agreed to an increase of $5,550 per month to offset the cost of Medicaid cuts handed down by the state. The decision was approved at their meeting on Tuesday, May 14, by a vote of 3-0. Supervisor Richard Young abstained and supervisor Abe Miller was absent from the meeting.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors approved the extension of a contract and monthly rate raise with Washington County Ambulance after the previous request for proposals (RFP) was recalled.

The current contract with Washington County Ambulance Services is set to expire on June 30, 2019. The supervisors were seeking bids for a new contract that would better address the needs of the community.

At their meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the proposal was recalled as the board decided the request would not fit the needs of the county.

“It became obvious that the RFP that we initially put out for the ambulance service wasn’t really going to meet our needs so we took action to recall that,” Supervisor Jack Seward said.

At their meeting on Tuesday, May 14, supervisors were presented with a letter from Washington County Ambulance Services, to extend their contract.

In the letter, signed by Washington County Ambulance Director and supervisor Richard Young, the company asked for a one-year extension of the contract with a monthly increase from $14,450 a month to $20,000 a month due to Medicaid cuts handed down by the state.

The letter states this extension will give the county an additional six months to get out a new RFP and give the ambulance service that is awarded the contract six months to get what they need to begin providing services to Washington County.

“With this time frame that gives the county time to get stats on the current call volume and where the calls come from what communities. Also the county would be able to get any other stats, they would need to put an RFP together,” the letter continues.

The supervisors approved the contract extension and extension of service with Washington County Ambulance by a vote of 3-0. Supervisor Young abstained and Supervisor Abe Miller was absent from the meeting.

The new contract will be in place until June 30, 2020.