Community forum about Kaiser and medevac payments April 25 in Friday Harbor

Dozens of islanders have encountered problems with Kaiser Health Insurance denying payment for medevac services. Learn more about the predicament at a community forum to discuss Health Insurance Coverage for Emergency Care and Air Ambulance Transfer in San Juan County will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m Thursday, April 25 at the Mullis Center on Nash Street in Friday Harbor.

The forum was organized by Dr. Loren Johnson and sponsored by San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. .

The topics to be covered include:

Air Ambulance Insurance Denials – Status of the Problem

Know your Right to Obtain Emergency Care Under the Law

Understand when Air-Ambulance transfer is medically necessary

Understand our local health insurance marketplace

Learn the appeal process for challenging insurance denials and utilizing patient advocates

Program Chair Loren Johnson, MD - Emergency Physician

Speakers Michael Sullivan, MD, EMS Medical Policy Director, San Juan County

Warren Appleton, MD – Emergency Physician

Chris Martin, Executive Director, Airlift Northwest

Will Hamilton, Island Air Ambulance

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