Ambulance companies already strapped for cash could take another hit

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Groups of people rallied outside the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday to keep a program, called the “Medicare Crossover Program,” that ambulance companies rely on alive.

Those rallying were with ambulance providers across New York.

The program works like this: when a Medicare recipient gets an ambulance ride, Medicare will pay at most 80 percent of the ride. The rest of the remaining cost is covered by the patient or Medicaid if they have it.

The program helps fill that gap by reimbursing those payments the companies would have lost. That’s according to the United New York Ambulance Network. In a statement, it said ambulance companies across New York would see a $31 million combined hit.

18 News reached out to the AMR ambulance location in Corning to see how the program’s elimination would affect them and have not received a response.

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