The City-Parish Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution granting Acadian Ambulance significant rate hikes in Lafayette Parish for emergency and non-emergency transports. The rate hikes had already been unanimously approved by the Emergency Medical Service Advisory Board.

Acadian argued that lower reimbursement rates from Medicare and Medicaid precipitated the increases and that Lafayette Parish will now be in line with other jurisdictions Acadian services. The company has an exclusive contract in the parish for ambulance and air-med services.

The rate for emergency transport will rise from $673 to $822 this year and to $971 in 2014 — a 44 percent increase over two years. Non-emergency service will rise from $376 to $516 this year and in 2014 will jump to $657. That’s an almost 75 percent increase over the two-year period.

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