Med Center Health files lawsuit against Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Calling it a "last resort," Med Center Health files a lawsuit against the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The move is to stop an emergency regulation involving ambulance services.

The Cabinet issued the regulation on September 25, clearing the way for an additional ambulance provider to address what the Cabinet calls a “public health crisis” in Warren County.

A report released by the Pegasus Institute claims that state regulations negatively impact the number of ambulance providers in our state.

The report, titled 'Certificate of Need: Kentucky's CON Regulations and Their Impact on Ambulance Care,' considers Warren County under-provided because of only one EMS provider in the community.

As a result of this report, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has issued an emergency administrative regulation for several counties in Kentucky, including Warren County.

According to Med Center Health and the Warren County Judge-Executive, Mike Buchanon, cabinet officials have refused to meet with them about the matter.

“This was our last resort,” said Wade Stone, Executive Vice President of Med Center Health. “The Cabinet left us no choice when it refused our request to simply have a conversation. We had hoped that a ‘public health crisis’ would warrant a meeting. It certainly seemed reasonable to us.”

On Friday, Judge Buchanon issued the following statement:

“There is no need for a second ambulance service in Warren County. I am quite honestly shocked and disturbed that no one sought my opinion or input prior to dropping an emergency regulation that claims we have a public health crisis in Warren County involving our ambulance service.”

Med Center Health has owned and operated Medical Center EMS for almost 40 years.

TriStar's Greenview Regional Hospital has applied to propose an additional ambulance service.