Emergency Transportation Services

Over the last 20 years or so, there have been several emergencies here on the mountain that required either ground or air transportation (or both) to a medical facility. What many people don’t know is that their insurance or Medicare coverage may not cover all or even a majority of the costs of such transportation (for example, you may not have the time and luxury to ensure that the ambulance service is “in network” for your insurance provider). To prepare for the increasing probability that you will need emergency transportation at some point in your life, you may want to look at buying special insurance that covers you when you need it the most. 

There are several providers you can research, and a simple Google search will bring up the names of several companies that could serve. If you’re a current or retired educator in Georgia, one such company is offered through the Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA): the Medical Air Services Association, better known as MASA.  This company offers ground and air ambulance service, repatriation service if you have an emergency outside the US, vehicle return, return services for grandchildren and minors, and worldwide coverage, just to name a few. They offer monthly, yearly, and single payment lifetime rates for their services. Go to MASAMTS.com to check out their plans.

Whether you use MASA or another emergency service provider, you may want to check with your employer, or former employer if you’re a retiree, to see if they have a relationship with a company that can provide their services at a special rate. 

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