Congressman wants probe of company

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma congressman wants an investigation into how a Texas company has been handling ambulance service claims for Oklahoma and other states.

U.S. Representative Dan Boren says the ambulance services' claims were denied or delayed by Dallas-based TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, a subsidiary of BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina.

Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements can provide 50 to 70 percent of a local ambulance service's income.

The Oklahoma Democrat says it would be a disaster if TrailBlazer Health's alleged inefficiencies are responsible for emergency service companies closing their doors.

TrailBlazer spokesman Billy Quarles says officials want to gather additional information about the complaints so they can review and discuss them.

He says they will work with Boren's office to ensure any problems are addressed.

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