Health insurer Anthem now covers emergency air ambulance services from the two main companies that airlift patients to St. Louis hospitals. That follows a flood of negative publicity over the issue and growing pressure from lawmakers.
Anthem has reached agreements with Air Methods, owners of ARCH Air Medical Service in St. Louis, and O’Fallon, Missouri-based Air Evac Lifeteam.
Prior to reaching those deals, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri, one of the state’s largest insurers, had no contracts with in-network air ambulance providers.
The absence of in-network air ambulance providers has resulted in insurance bills of $27,000 to $51,000 for patients airlifted to hospitals.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch