361 jobs to be cut in ambulance service change

INDIANAPOLIS - An emergency medical services company will be laying off 361 employees in central Indiana, some as early as Sept. 30.

Rural/Metro Corporation announced Monday it will stop serving more than 30 communities and service will end within the coming months.

Thursday, the company said it would lay off 84 people in billing operations by Sept. 30.

Another 277 layoffs are expected by the end of 2014.

The company said the changes are due to the low number of transports in rural areas, the changing health care and low Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Company officials said they have tried to restructure and improve contracts throughout the past year.
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