Membership covers applicable patient out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary ground ambulance transportation to any local area hospital. "Medically necessary ground ambulance transportation" means that the patient must be transported to a hospital for medically necessary services, and transportation in any other vehicle could endanger their health.
Other participating reciprocal agencies may extend member benefits to areas outside our ambulance service area. These benefits are limited to the terms of agreement in effect by the participating agency providing services at the time benefits are used. Members who receive ambulance service from any other participating agency are eligible for benefits offered by that agency. The member agrees to abide by the participating agency's terms of agreement.
What can I expect by subscribing?
No Hassle Billing. NorthWest EMS will directly bill a member’s health insurance or third party on your behalf. As a subscribed member, any co-payment will be waived for members with a health insurance plan.
Participants of State Medicaid Programs are not eligible for membership and NorthWest EMS is required to accept reimbursement as payment in full.
Non-Emergency Ambulance transportation is subject to Medicare's rules regarding Medical Necessity Certification and often require pre-certification from a physician or pre-approval from your health insurance company. A Customer Service Representative from NorthWest EMS will be able to assist you further in this process.
It should also be noted that NorthWest EMS does not include wheelchair van service under the annual membership and such charges remain the patient’s responsibility.
If you have any questions or if you did not receive your membership subscription for this year please call our billing department at