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Massachusetts Fire Departments Collect from Auto Insurance Companies

In an attempt to supplement city budgets, Massachusetts fire departments are using a collection company in California to collect fees against Massachusetts auto insurance companies.

The fees will apparently be levied against drivers who call fire departments when they are not necessary. It is not clear if the California collection agency will go after individuals, and whether it will report unpaid claims to the credit agencies. When personal injury attorneys receive our clients ambulance bills from fire departments, we submit them to the Personal Insurance Protection (PIP) insurance carrier, and they are routinely paid.
 
We ask our clients and local firefighters to inform us if they have any news about this new program.