What It Took For This Coronavirus Patient’s $80,000 Air Ambulance Charge To Go Away


By: Celia Llopis-Jepsen

A vicious bout of coronavirus hospitalized Anil Gharmalkar in April.The 41-year-old got severely ill, quickly. His besieged lungs fought for enough oxygen to survive. His local hospital in rural southeast Kansas put him on a ventilator and rushed him by helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where he eventually pulled through…Because of the pandemic, Congress gave the health care industry emergency relief funds. But it came with strings attached. Companies that took the money — including Air Methods — can’t stick COVID-19 patients with surprise bills.

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