EMS billing worries some folks

With the pending changes to the local emergency medical services, many folks are now asking what they'd do if a family member needs help.

The local squad apparently is converting from a free service to one that bills for its responses.

Many who have been attended to recently by the Warrensburg Squad while the Thurman squad was relatively inactive have received bills - many hundreds of dollars per trip, and they're worried.

What will the people with average incomes do?

Well, the answer is that the Warrensburg emergency squad - and the local Thurman squad use the practice of "soft billing," which means that patients should forward the bill to their health insurance company or Medicaid if they are so covered.

If not, the squad will forgive and forget the bill for those of limited means, and those who have plenty of money, of course, should still pay to keep our local EMS services appropriately funded.

But the question remains, why has Thurman lost so many of their volunteers, so paid staffing is necessary? Not only volunteers for emergency medical services, but for the TOPS weight-loss program and so many other functions in town? I think it's because people are so busy supporting their families and trying to survive, so they have less time to pursue the other community-oriented activities.

However, I think it would be far better if people lived more in harmony with the Golden Rule rather than making decisions solely for financial gain.

Over the fence

Can you believe that snow flurries fell April 16 during the town's annual Easter egg hunt? It also snowed a little on April 19 as well as April 20 and 21.

Grace Flynn has decided to retire from her cleaning job at the Thurman Town Hall. Her last day on the job will be April 29.

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