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Johnston Ambulance Service closes; owner cites healthcare regulations, paperwork

Posted August 31

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— A Wayne County private ambulance service that employees hundreds of people and serves thousands of patients announced Wednesday that is it shutting down at the end of the day.

Johnston Ambulance Service, the state's largest private ambulance service, provides services, including non-emergency transportation, dialysis and wound care, to patients from Onslow to Orange counties.

Owner Maynard Price said the continuing healthcare regulations and paperwork from the last few years piled up so high that the company could no longer collect money to pay bills on time.

With a workers compensation payment due to the state, he said JAS reached a breaking point.

"It is devastating. It will be devastating to the employees, but it also will be devastating to the state,” said Price. "When you take the number of trips that we run out of each day - it is going to be a huge, huge problem."

Ironically, Price said the company has more business than it can keep up with.

The 400 full and part-time employees were notified Wednesday morning that they would be out of a job by the end of the day.

Head of Operations, Keith Hayes, spent 13.5 years working for the business. Like many laid off employees, he's got a wife and kids to support, but no severance.

"There's going to be some soul searching, find out what avenues I need to take for me and my family," Hayes said.

Nursing homes, like Willow Creek in Goldsboro, said thousands of bed-ridden patients who relied of JAS for transportation to dialysis and wound care appointments are now scrambling for alternatives.

This is the fourth private ambulance company to shut down in Eastern North Carolina in the last year.

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  • Rod Runner Sep 1, 1:14 p.m.
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    We're just taking his word for it that it was because of Obamacare that he shut down.

    Maybe he mismanaged it and chose to blame Obamacare for his woes. Makes him look better when he's closing down suddenly and laying off 400 workers.

    Then he gets them to vote for Trump, who stated that the government would pay for everyone's healthcare anyway, which it doesn't do now.

  • Jennifer Hulford Sep 1, 12:36 p.m.
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    The medical system as a whole is under a regulatory burden that will kill, devastate, smaller operators. Smaller hospitals. The profit margins are not enough to pay for good people and their insurance and their benefits. So they try to work with increasingly lean staffing and eventually poof, it no longer is viable.

    To the people in this comment section who think is because of the ACA, when millions of people get insurance and can actually PAY FOR their healthcare, that alleviates much of this burden, does not cause it. Decades of people who have had no insurance but still used the system and who default on paying their bills, takes its toll. Not people HAVING insurance.

  • John Archer Sep 1, 9:30 a.m.
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    The healthcare industry as a whole is saturated with fraud, so what choice does the government have but to require more and more paperwork that proves the person receiving the service is eligible? Everybody hates moochers, so the only way around that is regulations like this. Why don't they hire a couple more people to handle the paperwork?

  • Lance Boyle Sep 1, 9:29 a.m.
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    Jimmy, I rarely use medical services. I don't get involved with healthcare. I am fit and healthy so I am asking for examples of changes that took them over the edge. Surely you can understand that request?

  • Jimmy Jones Sep 1, 9:23 a.m.
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    It's called the "Affordable Care Act" and, if you haven't been paying attention for the last 7 years, Obama has promulgated more regulations than probably all the rest of the Presidents combined......nothing is preventing you from going to the Federal Register and reading them...https://www.federalregister.gov

  • Lance Boyle Sep 1, 8:55 a.m.
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    Can you give specific examples of the regulations that added too much burden? How it changed exactly. Many of us work in environments that change daily. Tell us your difficulties.

  • Steve Allen Aug 31, 10:07 p.m.
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    Really Susan get you head out of the Obama kool aide

  • Steve Allen Aug 31, 10:07 p.m.
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    Really Susan get you head out of the Obama kool aide

  • Johnny Ghosts Aug 31, 7:45 p.m.
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    Where's the Gov when you need him?

  • Roy Delbert Aug 31, 6:37 p.m.
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    Thanks OBAMA CARE now more people will suffer

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