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Updated: 11/06/2013 11:47 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- JFRD is hiring someone to make sure the city doesn't miss out on money with changes in the Affordable Care Act.

Bennett Depew depends on local ambulances to make sure his friends and family get the help they need in an emergency. Now JFRD needs help to make sure they're getting paid for the tens of thousands of runs they make in Jacksonville every year. "We can't afford to be providing a service and when we go to bill the insurance, not done the paperwork properly," said Chief Marty Senterfitt.

On the city's website, we found a job posting for a new EMS billing manager. It's a 60-thousand dollar a year job. We asked Senterfitt why it's needed. "It's more and more complicated," he said.

He's talking about the new Affordable Care Act rules and says the city can't afford to lose money transporting patients. "Without that person, I think we could," said Senterfitt.

We dug a little deeper and found JFRD bills out 52 million dollars a year. One paperwork mistake could cost taxpayers big. "Even if there was an adjustment of 1%, that's a huge number," said Senterfitt.

It's a number that could mean keeping a fire station open or having to shut its doors. That's why one taxpayer is on board with spending the money to make sure JFRD gets it right. "As long as the extra amount of spending is exceeded by the extra revenue brought in when the bills are paid, it makes sense," said Depew.

The job was posted last week. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 9.
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RiverRat - 11/7/2013 9:48 AM
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I wonder who's brother-in-law/wife/sister/cousin this job is planned to go to.
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