Air Ambulance service question

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I'm in Idaho and am on the Life Flight Network out of Portland. I'm covered in WA, OR, ID and MT. Life Flight has reciprocal agreements with several providers in the West including Classic (based in SLC) that covers UT, at least the west side of CO and parts of WY.....

What I want to know is......is there a provider, maybe in Denver, that covers all of CO, KS, NE, SD, ND? What about places further east like Kansas City or Omaha?

I'm planning on a lot of travel to and through those states this year and want to be sure to be covered wherever I am.

Thanks!
 

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Any chance you have a Garmin inReach? I only ask because when you activate the device you can select from a few different subscriptions as well as additional SAR coverage (I think)
 

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Any chance you have a Garmin inReach? I only ask because when you activate the device you can select from a few different subscriptions as well as additional SAR coverage (I think)
I have the IR mini.
 

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They should have a list of reciprocal agencies if you call them
I'm sure I could google-fu and call a bunch of different services across the country to eventually arrive at an answer*. But I was hoping to tap the knowledge of this forum for some quick references to known air ambulance services servicing the eastern Rocky Mtn. states and the mid- to upper Plains states.

I do carry an InReach Mini (to answer post #2) but the point of this thread is not to have SAR on speed-dial. Its to have the sticker of the best, most comprehensive air ambulance service on my truck or my motorcycle helmet so that when the EMT's roll up on the crash site out in the middle of nowhere and my unconscious butt needs a ride to the hospital, it doesn't end up costing me $50,000 for the taxi service.

* if if comes to that, I'll gladly share my finding on this forum.
 

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My impression is that some air ambulance subscriptions depend on an exiting health insurance policy that covers?
For example, from LifeMed Alaska: "The patient responsibility for a medevac flight to Seattle could be $20,000. LifeMed Alaska works directly with your insurance company and accepts their reimbursement as payment-in-full for our members."
"I understand that I am financially responsible for the services and supplies provided to me by LifeMed Alaska, regardless of my insurance coverage, and in some cases, may be responsible for an amount in addition to that which was paid by my insurance. I agree to immediately remit to LifeMed Alaska any payments that I receive directly from insurance or any source whatsoever for the services provided to me and I assign all rights to such payments to LifeMed Alaska"
That is why the annual subscription to LifeMed Alaska is only $49.
 
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I have put a few patients on helicopters, maybe 50 or so since I been doing this and not once have I gotten or had to pick the service that was doing the transport.

When I radio dispatch for a medifight, they tone it to the services nearest the scene. Depending on the location of helicopters, the weather both at the screen location and helicoper location. The pilot then decide if they are accepting the transport.
I can assure that zero thought or consideration is taken as what sticker is on your truck or quite frankly what the patients prefence in service is.

Not to be a debbie downer but if that's the reason for the research your wasting your time.
 

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I have put a few patients on helicopters, maybe 50 or so since I been doing this and not once have I gotten or had to pick the service that was doing the transport.

When I radio dispatch for a medifight, they tone it to the services nearest the scene. Depending on the location of helicopters, the weather both at the screen location and helicoper location. The pilot then decide if they are accepting the transport.
I can assure that zero thought or consideration is taken as what sticker is on your truck or quite frankly what the patients prefence in service is.

Not to be a debbie downer but if that's the reason for the research your wasting your time.

Well.....dang....Makes sense though. So looks like you are in NY. Are there a couple of services up there that reciprocate with one another? Or do you have 5-10 and most don’t reciprocate?

In Idaho we have two (that I know of) and they reciprocate.

If I knew of one or two services, say one in Denver and one in say St. Louis , that have agreements with other services then I could blanket most of the lower 48 with only three subscriptions (maybe $200 total).

And also, I appreciate your knowledge Trial.
 

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My impression is that some air ambulance subscriptions depend on an exiting health insurance policy that covers?
For example, from LifeMed Alaska: "The patient responsibility for a medevac flight to Seattle could be $20,000. LifeMed Alaska works directly with your insurance company and accepts their reimbursement as payment-in-full for our members."
"I understand that I am financially responsible for the services and supplies provided to me by LifeMed Alaska, regardless of my insurance coverage, and in some cases, may be responsible for an amount in addition to that which was paid by my insurance. I agree to immediately remit to LifeMed Alaska any payments that I receive directly from insurance or any source whatsoever for the services provided to me and I assign all rights to such payments to LifeMed Alaska"
That is why the annual subscription to LifeMed Alaska is only $49.
Thanks for the reply Alaska. Looks like I’ll have to research my health insurance. Didn’t think of that component. Thanks!
 

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From Lifeflight Eastern "Your membership is not an insurance policy but secondary to insurance carriers and health care cost-sharing programs. . . .Membership benefits do not extend to transports deemed not medically necessary or when insurers deny payments due to coordination of benefit issues. "

So the question is do conventional "gold" Blue Cross insurance plans pay the 80% of emergency transportation bill?
 

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From Lifeflight Eastern "Your membership is not an insurance policy but secondary to insurance carriers and health care cost-sharing programs. . . .Membership benefits do not extend to transports deemed not medically necessary or when insurers deny payments due to coordination of benefit issues. "

So the question is do conventional "gold" Blue Cross insurance plans pay the 80% of emergency transportation bill?
Great question. I’ll research what I can and post accordingly.
 

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I work for Life Flight Network and as you said we have a reciprocal agreement with Classic. We used to with Air Methods which is a much larger company with bases all over the US- branded with all different names (Air Idaho, MedFlight-Billings, and many others) but that agreement was recently terminated by Air methods. Unfortunately I don't know all the intricacies of these agreements and what companies are all involved. I have very little knowledge of the midwest/east coast except for the fact that the majority of air ambulance companies are owned by the 2 largest- Air Methods and AMGH (owns American Medical Response (AMR), Rural Metro Fire, Air Evac Lifeteam, REACH Air Medical Services, Med-Trans Corporation, AirMed International and Guardian Flight). Would be nice to have a nationwide peace of mind for sure. This may be something thats simplified in the future as I think single payor healthcare is in the new future, however I don't know how this will affect the air ambulance world. My gut feeling is it won't be a good thing for the private air ambulance companies nor the patients.
 
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