Air Methods Advantage provides you and your family the security of knowing that if there is a need for a loved one to be transported via air ambulance; Air Methods will accept your health insurance payment as full payment in advance for any medically necessary transport. That could save you thousands of dollars for just a single transport.
Most health insurance carriers will pay for at least a portion of a medically necessary air medical transport, but the individual is still often faced with paying for the remainder, which can amount to thousands of dollars. With Air Methods Advantage, the once-yearly membership payment assures that the individual – and other covered family members – will not have to pay anything over and above the amount paid by their health insurance carrier for a medically necessary transport performed by Air Methods.
Air Methods Advantage members can take advantage of their program membership anywhere that Air Methods or its subsidiaries are licensed to perform medically necessary transports. See coverage map for details.
Air Methods Advantage membership alleviates the high cost associated with air medical transport services required by you or your family members covered on your health insurance plan and enrolled in Air Methods Advantage. As a member, if you or a family member receives a medically necessary inter-facility transport or transport from an emergency scene by Air Methods, Air Methods Advantage guarantees that Air Methods will accept your health insurance payment and any other third-party sources of payment (e.g., automobile liability coverage) as payment in full for the transport. No additional air transport costs will be incurred.
Application processing typically takes three to five business days, and you should receive your “Welcome Packet” in approximately 10 to 14 days after payment is cleared. However, we treat your membership as retroactively effective three days after we receive your application. Some financial institutions take longer to process a payment and this timing can delay processing and shipping. If a membership payment is denied for any reason, the primary member will be contacted to resolve the issue.
Air Methods Advantage membership does not cover services performed by another air or ground medical transport services provider. It only covers medically necessary transports performed by Air Methods. Therefore, if a member is transported by another air or ground ambulance for any reason, membership will not cover any part of the charges for the transport.
Air Methods Advantage membership applies to the locations listed on the coverage map located on the Air Methods Advantage website and where Air Methods is licensed to perform transports. See coverage mapfor details. If you need air transport in an area where Air Methods does not or cannot operate or is not licensed to perform transports, or if we do not have an aircraft or crew available when you need one (e.g., all of our aircraft are occupied on other transports), another provider may end up transporting you. In that case, Air Methods Advantage does not apply.
Yes, uninsured individuals may purchase a membership. In the event an uninsured member receives a medically necessary air medical transport from Air Methods, the membership fee will be deemed as payment in full for all the transport charges.
Air ambulance coverage varies from insurance company to insurance company, and many carriers will only pay a portion of the provider’s billed charges. The patient or responsible party must pay a copayment and in most cases an additional amount above what the insurance carrier allows. If the billed amount exceeds that the allowed amount, you may be responsible for the balance, which can be thousands of dollars. However, if you are an Air Methods Advantage member, Air Methods will accept whatever your insurance pays for the flight as payment in full, with no additional out-of-pocket costs to you.
It takes approximately 10 - 14 business days if the application is processed on-line; if the application is mailed in, expect a 3 – 5 week processing time. However, the effective day of your membership is retroactive to the third business day after the application is received.
One membership card is provided per family. Contact numbers are located on the back of each card for any billing inquiries. Membership cards are not required for transport. Member eligibility is tracked in the Air Methods Advantage system.