Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the ambulance service cost so much?
A professional ambulance service requires expensive, fully equipped vehicles costing from $140,000 to $160,000 each to provide reliable service to the community on a 24 hour basis. There are many additional overhead costs such as insurance, vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair, telephone, fuel, radio equipment, utilities and of course payroll associated with staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Does Medicare or my insurance pay the ambulance bill?
Medicare pays from an approved fee schedule which is approximately half of the total amount billed for your transport. Commercial insurance companies vary on their reimbursements rates, most follow the Medicare payment schedules, and apply a yearly deductible and co-payment each time the service is used. By purchasing a membership you can save up to 50% on these non-covered out of pocket costs, up to a maximum of $125.00 per transport. Review your insurance plan to determine if these out of pocket costs apply to you.
What is covered under a membership?
All covered members are entitled to unlimited emergency and **limited medically necessary non-emergency ambulance transportation. Members without insurance, or not having ambulance coverage within their plan are eligible for a reduction in our standard billable charges equivalent to the current Medicare approved fee schedule for services when they are needed.
** – Effective 2/1/2022 – Medically necessary non-emergency ambulance transportation will be available to members when adequate staffing levels allow for the acceptance of these transports.
What is not covered under a membership?
Ambulance transports deemed to be non-medically necessary as defined by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, as well as wheelchair van transportation. These services normally result in charges directly to the patient.
How do I sign up for a membership?
You can stop in to our Greenville Station located at 35 6th Ave. Greenville, PA and fill out a membership form or you can print the membership form that is on our website by clicking the button below, fill the membership form out and mail it in with your check or money order or drop it off at our Greenville station.