Follow Up: Breaking down what Omaha's new lift assist ordinance means

  • Source: kptm
  • Published: 09/12/2018 09:44 PM

VIDEO: The decision was unanimous. The Omaha City Council has given the green light to what's called a lift assist ordinance. The Omaha Fire Department pushed for it. The ordinance deals with phone calls to 911 asking for help to pick someone up who has fallen. Now, it will cost some $400. "We're happy to provide that service, but in the meantime while a crew is out of service performing that lift assist they might be missing another medical emergency," said Kathy Bossman, an Omaha assistant fire chief. To be clear, this new ordinance does not apply to everyone. So, who exactly does the lift fee impact and who will get charged? The city council recently clarified that and, according to councilmembers, nursing homes will be impacted and also assisted living facilities. Who will not be impacted? People in private homes and also people receiving home health care in private residences.


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