Kern County supervisors rid of policy allowing hospitals to close ERs if too busy

Ambulances will not be diverted to another ER

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A board of supervisors ruling could save you money on a hospital visit.

The Kern County supervisors got rid of a policy yesterday that allows Bakersfield hospitals to close their emergency rooms to ambulances if they're too busy.

The change was proposed after hearing stories of people hit with major bills because their hospital of choice turned away their ambulance.

It forced some to go to hospitals where their insurance policy didn't cover them.

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