In limited cases, Medicare Part B covers transportation in an air ambulance. The service must be medically necessary, meaning that you require immediate and rapid ambulance transportation that could not be provided by a ground ambulance. More specifically, the service must be needed either because:
- A ground ambulance cannot get to where you are
- Or, there is a great distance to travel or another obstacle involved in getting you to the nearest appropriate facility.
In rural areas, you automatically meet the medical necessity requirement if:
- A doctor or other medical professional determines that air transport is necessary due to time and/or geographical factors
- And, the air transport meets Medicare-approved air ambulance requirements.
Medicare Advantage Plans must also cover air ambulance transportation but can do so with different costs and conditions.
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