Group gathers enough signatures to force ambulance billing vote - KCTV5

Group gathers enough signatures to force ambulance billing service vote

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Controversy is kicking up once again over a company Kansas City wants to hire to handle its ambulance billing.

There have been complaints about the company Intermedix's billing procedure and customer service, but some city officials say the cost savings made Intermedix an obvious choice.

Now a group that opposed the Kansas City, MO, City Council's decision to outsource ambulance billing to Intermedix has collected more than 8,000 signatures, meaning the city council will have to either vote down the contract with Intermedix or let voters decide on April 17, 2015.

The city council passed the contract in a 7-4 vote in June.

Proponents say the outsourcing will save taxpayer dollars. Opponents say the contract is too weak on accountability and allows the company to bail with just three months' notice. Many union workers filled council chambers when the vote happened to show their support for the union billing employees whose jobs were at stake.

Councilman John Sharp said the full city council will talk about the issue Thursday during their 3 p.m. meeting.

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