The Harlan Chamber of Commerce was advised on the services available and the benefits of a membership with Air Evac Lifeteam, a company that provides emergency air medical services, during a meeting on Wednesday.
Air Evac Lifeteam Membership Coordinator Megan McIlquham was present to address the chamber.
Chamber member Roger Fannin, filling on for absent chamber president Flo Asher, introduced McIlquham to those in attendance.
“We give you piece of mind, knowing that in the event you have to be flown out by Air Evac Lifeteam, you’re going to be covered,” McIlquham said.
McIlquham said a group of citizens established Air Evac Lifeteam in a rural part of Missouri in 1985 when they realized residents did not have access to a trauma center in the event of a medical emergency.
“They came up with the idea to bring a helicopter in and fly the residents out that needed access to a trauma center,” McIlquham said. “Along with that, they also realized there was an enormous out of pocket expense the residents would have to face with these helicopter rides. So they established our membership program.”
McIlquham explained the membership program gives members access to the service for $65 per year.
“You don’t incur any out of pocket expense,” McIlquham said. “With that said, we will fly anybody out whether they are a member or not. We have a local base here in Harlan, and we have one in Middlesboro.”
Air Evac’s website, at http://www.lifeteam.net, clarifies how Air Evac provides the service for a $65 membership.
The website states: “An individual’s membership fee covers only a small fraction of the cost of a flight. Our membership support helps subsidize our program, but our primary revenue is derived from our transports, the vast majority of which are non-members; only a fraction of the patients we fly are Air Evac Lifeteam members.”
“No matter where you are, in this area or traveling out of state, more than likely you’re going to be covered,” McIlquham said. “We have 32 states covered right now, and over 240 locations that we serve. So we’re not just here in this area.”
McIlquham explained the membership is for the entire household.
“We don’t care how many people are in your household,” McIlquham said. “We’re still going to cover you for that $65 a year.”
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