Donald Moffitt http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Ambulance And Fire Agencies See Budgets Crunched http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-ambulance-and-fire-agencies-see-budgets-crunched <p>Ambulance and fire agencies in Illinois have seen their budgets crunched. Some clients pay using Medicaid,&nbsp; the Illinois-backed insurance for the poor. But the state is months behind on those payments.</p><p>According to Josh Ross, operations manager for America Ambulance in Springfield, Illinois is nearly six months behind. That's a total of $330,000.</p><p>"The Medicaid problem is kind of a double-edged sword," Ross said.&nbsp; "On one is the fact we're not receiving the payments, but the other is the fact that the actual reimbursement is so much lower."</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:45:44 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 10289 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Ambulance And Fire Agencies See Budgets Crunched