Why It Matters

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What Are We Asking For?
Information on Ballot Question 7A
A One-Half Cent Sales Tax
to Fund, Sustain and Improve Ambulance Services!

Our Family Caring for Your Family!

  • Essential community emergency service!
  • Superior Paramedics & EMTs – some of the Best in the State!
  • Outstanding patient care!
  • Exceptional physician driven medical direction!
  • Aggressive medical treatment protocols!
  • Strong partnerships with law enforcement, Fire Protection and Hospitals!

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District Resident Benefits:

  • No balance billing after insurance pays!
  • Deductible write-offs are MONEY in your POCKET used for other medical expenses!
  • No more collection agency efforts for district residents!
  • Sales taxes off-set by lower property taxes by lower Residential Assessment Rates!
  • Provides long-term consistent & stable funding to fund, sustain & improve ambulance services!
  • Non-residents pay for services they consume!

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We Aren’t Alone!

  • Chaffee County Ambulance – half-cent sales tax (2016);
  • Tri-Lakes Fire & EMS – mill levy increase (2017);
  • Clear Creek County Ambulance – half-cent sales tax (2017);
  • South Park Ambulance District – mill levy increase (2018);
  • Eagle County Paramedic Services – mill levy increase (2016); and,
  • Durango Fire & Rescue – mill levy increase (2017).

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Why Do We Need It?

  • Call volume is rising;
  • Multiple ambulances needed at the same time
  • 40% concurrent call rate leaving NO Ambulances to Cover;
  • No ambulances available on average 8 hours every day!
  • 60 calls un-answered last year!
  • More Paramedics & Ambulances are Needed!

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Why Do We Need It?

  • Response times worsening especially in Woodland Park and Divide areas;
  • Multiple calls occurring at the same time prolongs response times; and,
  • Additional ambulance is needed in Woodland Park/Divide area to lower response times & improve service!

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Why Do We Need It?

  • Ambulance service costs climbing!
  • Ambulance services have been cut!
  • Cut one on-duty ambulance;
  • Cut paramedic & EMT raises;
  • Cut medical training & education;
  • Cut facility improvements & repairs;
  • Cut ambulance, cardiac monitor & other essential patient care equipment purchases; and,
  • More Cuts expected if revenues don’t improve!

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Ambulance Bills Rise-Payments Decline!

  • Higher Ambulance Bills Don’t Generate Higher Payments!
  • Medicare & Medicaid pay significantly below cost! Patients can’t be balanced billed for unpaid amounts;
  • Unpaid amounts from Medicare and Medicaid are shifted to those who can pay through higher ambulance bills and service cuts;
  • Even insurance is paying less leaving more for patients to pay; and,
  • Higher rates and lower payments decreases the value of the 50% Resident Discount Program.

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Payer Mix Worsening!

  • Payer mix refers to primary payer types, Medicare, Medicaid, private, and insurance;
  • Affordable Care Act worsens payments;
  • 80% of payers are low, below cost, paying Medicare, Medicaid and private pay (un-insured);
  • Only 20% of payers are private insurance & insurance paying less; and,
  • As payer gap widens payments will worsen and ambulance services will decline!

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So Why Does This Matter?
Medicare & Medicaid patients don’t have to worry about their ambulance bills; but, they do have to worry about receiving service!

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The Big Picture of Payer Mix
Medicare & Medicaid are the fastest growing “insured” groups & will devastate future ambulance funding!

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Non-Resident Visitors Consume Services Without Paying!

  • Consume 36% of ambulance services (2017);
  • Left local taxpayers holding the bag for $500,000 worth of unpaid costs (2017);
  • Between 2008-2017 they consumed $4,028,802 (3.5 years) of property taxes subsidies;
  • Tie up limited recourses otherwise available for district resident use;
  • Residents pay higher taxes and bills due to unpaid use!
  • Visitors would pay sales taxes that support your ambulance!

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Property Tax Cuts Worsen Ambulance Funding!

  • Front range urban growth worsens services in rural areas;
  • Residential Assessment Rate (RAR) drop from 7.96% to 7.2% (2018) lowers property taxes & ambulance revenue;
  • Future RAR drops (6.1% in 2020) and beyond worsens ambulance revenues;
  • Property taxes collected in 2023 are projected to be the same as collected in 2007 with higher costs; and,
  • Services will worsen as revenues decline!

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How are high cost ambulance services provided when…

  • Expenses keep rising & revenues keep declining?
  • Patients expect services when they call for them?
  • Payers and patients don’t pay for the services provided?
  • Non-resident visitors consume services but don’t pay?

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Support Your Ambulance!

  • Support a Half-Cent Sales Tax For Your Ambulance and Receive:
  • District Resident Insurance Only Billing Program no out-of-pocket costs after insurance pays !
  • No More Collection Agencies for District Residents!
  • Only $150/Year if you spend $30,000!
  • Improved Ambulance Services when you need them!
  • Faster Response Times when seconds count!
  • Superior Care by outstanding paramedics and EMTs!

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