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Chickasaw Ambulance Service Crisis: Supervisors agree to foot half the bill, other options undecided

New Hampton, Iowa – During discussions with the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors Monday morning, members came to a consensus to fund only half of the request to fund an EMS service.

Last Thursday, the Chickasaw County Ambulance Council approved a two-year contract worth $165,000 the first year and $195,000 the second.

Chairman Jacob Hackman says the county doesn’t have the money to fund the contract entirely themselves.

 

They agreed to fund $82,500 and $97,500 in years one and two.

Discussions stalled several times over the funding mechanism with one option being donations.

Hackman and the supervisors discussed Mercy One New Hampton donating to the service but they aren’t allowed to give money to a private service.

 

Hackman added they could potentially donate to the county.

Hospital CEO Aaron Flugum told North Iowa News he couldn’t confirm if that’s an option.

He says it’s not economically feasible for the hospital to pick up the tab as a not-for-profit hospital who’ve received donations for other projects.

 

He added insurance reimbursements complicate the feasibility of starting a service he doesn’t want to compete with.

 

The next step is for the CCAC to come up with the other half of the money whether that’s by donations or by funds through city budgets, that answer is still unknown.

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Kellan Heavican

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