CLEVELAND — State of Ohio Medicaid has chosen not to pursue payment from Tamir Rice’s family for ambulance bills and hospital fees after he was shot by Cleveland police.
Rice died from a gunshot wound in November 2014.
Sam Rossi, the Communications Director for the Ohio Department of Medicaid released the following statement:
“In the cases of both public and private health insurance, this is a standard protocol that occurs when a wrongful death is filed. However, the state has discretion not to pursue collection, and we have decided to exercise that discretion in this case.”
The City of Cleveland recently created outrage when it indicated it wanted the estate of Tamir Rice to pay for an ambulance bill. When city administrators found out the paperwork had been filed, they had it removed.
Rice, 12, was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer Nov. 22, 2014 outside of the Cudell Recreation Center.
Police thought the gun Tamir had was real, it was an airsoft pistol that police say looked like a real gun.
In December, a grand jury decided not to indict two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of Rice. The grand jurors met for several weeks before making a decision on the case.