OKC VeloCity | Sign up for EMSAcare before itís too late

Sign up for EMSAcare before itís too late

By Molly Fleming / Lifestyle / September 29, 2020

While you never hope to need an ambulance to take you to the emergency room, it’s always better to be prepared for such a need, which includes being financially ready. That’s why it’s important to sign up for EMSAcare this month, a service available through the City of Oklahoma City.

EMSAcare covers the out-of-pocket expenses for emergency ambulance transports anywhere in the EMSA service area, which is most of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas. It applies to all permanent members of the household, regardless of their age or relationship to each other and even if they don’t have medical insurance.

Oklahoma City residents who are not EMSAcare members can enroll by calling (405) 297-2833. For $3.65 a month, you’ll be enrolled in EMSAcare, a charge that’s put on your OKC utility bill.

This small cost could save you hundreds of dollars, even if you have health insurance. A typical emergency ambulance ride for an insured person can cost a patient about $800. It can cost more than $1,300 without insurance. EMSAcare covers everything a patient would owe.

If you’re not enrolled, you have until the end of the month to do so. If you are enrolled and want to change your status, you can cancel it before the month ends. Otherwise, you have to wait until September 2021 to make any changes.

For more information, visit okc.gov/emsacare.

This content originally appeared on The Better Life blog.

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