Over $1.7 million worth of ambulance bills will be written off by Rapid City, reports the Rapid City Journal. The 2,676 bills, dating back to 2006, have been deemed uncollectible, and the city council approved a resolution to write them off at their December 17th meeting.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender reported that the city ambulance service currently only recovers about 50 percent of its annual charges. The charges being written off after the passage of this resolution have been deemed 98 percent “uncollectible” for a variety of reasons. Some of the older charges have passed South Dakota’s six-year statute of limitations, or the indebted person has died and left no estate. Other reasons include bankruptcy, incarceration, and mandatory adjustments due to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.
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