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Transport Fee Policy

The VRFA uses either VRFA aid units or private ambulances to transport basic life support (BLS) patients from the emergency scene to area hospitals. The decision to transport and the mode of transport - VRFA or private ambulance - is made by on-scene personnel and is guided by VRFA policy and King County EMS protocols. In either case, there will be a fee for this BLS transport. There is no fee for transports provided by King County Medic One.

It is the policy of the VRFA that no person shall be denied needed emergency medical transport because of an inability to pay for such services. To be eligible for waived or reduced transport charges, total family income must be equal to or less than the family income levels as found within the City of Auburn's Fee Schedule below. These family income levels are tied to the US Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for the 48 contiguous states and are as follows:

  • A 100% reduction of the billed transport fee shall be tied to a total annual family income equal to 100% of the Guidelines, rounded to the nearest $10.
  • A 50% reduction of the billed transport fee shall be tied to a total annual family income equal to 130% of the Guidelines, rounded to the nearest $10.
  • A 25% reduction of the billed transport fee shall be tied to a total annual family income equal to 150% of the Guidelines, rounded to the nearest $10.

For questions regarding the Valley Regional Fire Authority's transport fees, call 253-288-5800. For questions regarding your bill from American Medical Response, or AMR, please call 1-800-228-7601.

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