Poor Lexington residents who can't pay costly ambulance bills can apply to the city for assistance under a new program unanimously approved by the Urban County Council on Thursday.
The council voted to create a fund that would help offset ambulance bills for Fayette County residents who are at 150 percent or below the federal poverty level. For a family of two, people with a combined income under $23,895 would qualify for the fund.
There is a cap of up to $400 for each bill. People can access the fund only once every 24 months. The city is using existing funds for the program, which is targeted to begin July 1. City officials have said the program will likely be reviewed in six months.