Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 3, based in Frederick, Maryland, responded to Chimney Rock.
Life Flight Network announces Allegiance and Cigna deal
Life Flight Network announced on 29 August that it has entered into an agreement with Allegiance and Cigna to become an in-network air ambulance provider in Montana, US. The not-for-profit air medical provider said the announcement was a ‘major milestone’, and came just days ahead of Life Flight Network opening a new helicopter base at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana. The company said it is now in-network with all major Montana commercial health insurance companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, PacificSource, Allegiance, and Cigna, meaning that patients covered by these insurers will not receive a balance bill for covered services when transported by Life Flight Network in Montana.
Michael Griffiths, CEO of Life Flight Network, said: “Montanans deserve timely and affordable access to critical health care resources. This agreement represents Life Flight Network’s commitment to the people and healthcare providers we serve in Montana. Patients with commercial healthcare insurance in Montana can rest easy knowing we are in-network with the major providers.”
Ron Dewsnup, President of Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, Inc., commented: “Air ambulances provide a vital service in Montana. Bringing Life Flight Network into our provider networks is a major step forward.”
Life Flight Network said it has four aircraft in Montana: a helicopter based in Missoula, a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft based in Butte, and as of 1 September a helicopter based in Belgrade.
Reed Exhibitions looks forward to the Helitech International event taking place in London, UK, in October
The new model was purchased by REACH specifically for service in Montana.
The contract will mean continued high activity at Bristow Norway’s helicopter base at Hammerfest, said the firm.
After the widespread devastation, unmanned aircraft were invaluable in supporting response and recovery efforts.