Below is the frist part of an article by Jessica Goff from theadvertiser.com. It reads…
There are 440 Louisiana residents who have filed claims that they were overcharged by Acadian Ambulance for services sometime in the last decade.
A hearing on a proposed settlement in the $5.9 million class action lawsuit against the Lafayette-based ambulance company is scheduled for Friday in Avoyelles Parish.
The lawsuit, Keisha Desselle, et. Al, vs. Acadian Ambulance Service, accuses the company of billing and collecting higher fees than the agreed amounts by insurance carriers, attorney Larry Centola said.
The suit alleges that Acadian was providing services to insured customers at an insurance approved reduced rate for medical emergencies such as heart attacks. However, if a third party was at fault in a car accident for example, Acadian would bill individual patients in full, not through the insurance company, Centola said.
“What Acadian was doing is that if a person was in a car wreck the company was not talking the health insurance and instead billing the individual for the third party liability car insurance for a higher amount,” Centola said.