Classic Air Medical Discontinues Memberships
Classic Air Medical has always chosen to focus on high quality critical care transport at a low cost to patients. Approximately 10 years ago, Classic created a membership program to protect patients and their families from open-ended balance billing.
Over the past few years, Classic has fine-tuned its billing practices to maximize the insurance companies payment for a medical flight. This has allowed Classic to minimize the amount that patients have to pay out-of-pocket to an average of just $200.
Classic Air Medical fully supports the federal government implementing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which was enacted in December, 2020. This act contains many provisions including the No Surprises Act under title 1.
With the No Surprises Act, consumers have new billing protections when getting emergency care and non-emergency care from out-of-network or in-network facilities, and air ambulance services from out-of-network providers.
Through new rules aimed to protect consumers, out-of-pocket costs are restricted, and emergency services must continue to be covered without any prior authorization, and regardless of whether or not a provider or facility is in-network.
Because they believe this enactment renders memberships unnecessary, Classic Air will no longer offer a membership program. Instead, they will work with insurance companies to fully cover the cost of air medical service.
Selling air medical memberships is an out-dated and unnecessary practice and Classic Air believes that all air medical companies should discontinue their use.
Classic Air Medical will continue to offer the highest level of air medical services for the lowest possible cost. Classic’s commitment to serving the communities, patients, and families will remain a top priority.
For more information about the No Surprises Act, check www.cms.gov/nosurprises