The Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority board of directors approved a $1.04 million budget at its monthly meeting held March 11. The budget assumes the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance fee will garner $850,000 and reimbursements from insurance companies will net $202,000. “This will only work if we collect what is owed,” said HCEAA Board President Paul Lewis.
Given the history of collections of the ambulance fee, a 100 percent collection is very ambitious. Approximately 44 percent of the 2019 billing remains uncollected. Twenty percent of the 2018 billing hasn’t been paid.
Executive Director Derek Alt reminded the board of the addition of a third paramedic to the payroll to cover the Wardensville area.
•The next meeting of the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority will be held on Wednesday, April 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the 911 Center in Moorefield. The public is invited to attend.