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Penn Yan ambulance membership will change  

PENN YAN—Subscribers of the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. (PYAVAC) received some unexpected news in the mail during the past few days.
A letter was sent to inform subscribers that as of Aug. 1, the subscription program will no longer be available. The membership area is the same as the boundaries of the Penn Yan Central School District. The organization has offered residents and businesses memberships in the service, which is staffed by volunteers for decades.
A letter from office manager Susan Heller stated the New York State Attorney General’s office has undertaken an investigation of membership ambulance programs operated by ambulance services across the state. Although the Attorney General has not demanded that any ambulance service suspend its programs, the ongoing inquiries by the office has caused many ambulance services to suspend their programs and the local organization’s counsel has advised PYAVAC this is the most prudent course for them to follow.
Heller’s letter emphasized that as before the service will respond, as able, to any emergency call through the Yates County  911 dispatch center as well as requests for non-emergency transports that fit their criteria. The billing company PYAVAC uses will continue to bill insurance carriers as in the past but because there will no longer be a membership program, individuals will be required to pay the copay amount.
The letter concluded, “Again, we apologize that we are no longer able to offer a membership program. However, please understand that we continue to have the best for our community at heart and as always, we are; Volunteers who care ... ready to care for you.”  
 





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