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:

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  • A ground ambulance cannot get to you 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