Montgomery County legislators on Tuesday are expected to approve an amended version of a countywide ambulance fee that was struck down by referendum in 2010.
The fee would be charged to patients for ambulance service, but it would be paid for by health insurance in most situations. People without health insurance and people below a certain income threshold would be exempt from the fee. County officials stress county residents would neither see a bill nor incur any out-of-pocket expenses.
But volunteer firefighter groups say they oppose the fee partly because it would make residents hesitant to call for assistance. They