Agreement is retroactive to February 2012
Anthem health insurance subscribers need no longer worry about facing huge out-of-pocket costs for helicopter flights if they’re flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by its air ambulance contractor.
More than 18 months after beginning operations at Carilion, Texas-based Med Trans Air Medical Transport has reached a provider agreement with Anthem, the dominant health-insurance company in Western Virginia.
The agreement was announced Thursday afternoon, and concludes more than a year of negotiations between Med Trans and Anthem, said Rob Hamilton, the chief operating officer of Med Trans.
It will serve as great solace to anyone flown to Roanoke Memorial since February 2012, when Med Trans began its Roanoke operations.
That’s because the agreement is retroactive and will cover any Anthem patient flown to Carilion hospitals since then, said Eric Earnhart, a spokesman for Carilion.
Until now, Anthem has been paying only a small fraction of the total flight bill, and Med Trans has been billing patients for the balance, sometimes to the tune of $18,000 or more, according to patient bills shown to The Roanoke Times
“The goal is to make everybody whole, so that no one ends up owing more than what would be their appropriate co-pay and deductible under their Anthem plan,” Earnhart said. “This goes back to February 2012.”
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