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Settlement hearing in Acadian Ambulance lawsuit

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A hearing on a proposed settlement in the $5.9 million class action lawsuit against Lafayette-based Acadian Ambulance company is scheduled for Friday in Avoyelles Parish.

The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1pDNGAM ) 440 Louisiana residents have filed claims that they were overcharged by Acadian Ambulance for services sometime in the last two decades.

The lawsuit accuses the company of billing and collecting higher fees than called for in its agreement with insurance carriers, attorney Larry Centola said.

The lawsuit 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.

The class action lawsuit involves people who were billed by or paid for services from Acadian between Jan. 1, 1994, and Dec. 31, 2013. The deadline to file a claim is July 24.

The original judgment called for Acadian to pay $17 million, which was reduced when Acadian successfully moved for a new trial.

A fairness hearing is scheduled for Friday in Marksville to hear anyone who objects to the settlement.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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