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Mar 24th 2016, 11:32 AM   #1
 uhoh's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Air Ambulance Coverage Improved

Positive Info.
Received notice that the eastern Washington service operated by NW MedStar has joined the larger regional Life Flight Network
as a result of ownership adjustments (money?) by the Providence Hospital network.
Two additional air bases to be established this year. Sounds better for our riding area.

As of April 1, the service expands:
*Washington, all of eastern WA and westward to the Pacific along the Columbia River (south),
*the full width of the northern 3/4 of Oregon,
*looks like all of Idaho,
*western Montana (Missoula and Butte)

Memberships are ~$60/yr per family and are said to cover the full cost even if your medical insurance balks.

Map of Service Area -

Announcement (long) -
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Mar 24th 2016, 12:45 PM   #2
  Jan 2016

Not affiliated with Life Flight in any way. I spend the $60 per year for peace of mind - just like any insurance.
Never used it, hope I never will but if I do I don't need even more expenses at a time like that.
Mar 24th 2016, 01:32 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016

picked up lifeflight awhile back, they work with all the other local air rescue companies too, absolutely worth $60 a year, especially when they average $30k a ride.
Mar 24th 2016, 03:16 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016

Life flight member for years now, I think about 7 years or more ago James1300 posted the info and I joined right away.
Mar 24th 2016, 03:34 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Only problem is that they apparently don't have any base in the Puget sound area so it's not going to help here.
Mar 24th 2016, 04:06 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016

but they also cover ground tarnspo if needed
Mar 25th 2016, 06:46 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
They also have reciprocal programs.

From their website:

If traveling outside the Life Flight Network service area, you may be covered by one of our reciprocal partners. Whether in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, western Montana, northern Nevada, or northern California, you are covered if transported by a reciprocal partner, subject to the reciprocating program’s membership rules. Following is a list of Life Flight Network’s reciprocal partners.

Air St. Luke’s
Airlift Northwest
Care Flight
Enloe FlightCare
Northwest Medstar
Island Air Ambulance
Air Idaho Rescue
HELP Flight

* As of December 1, 2015
Ground Reciprocal Programs

Our FireMed ground partners are certified emergency medical personnel who specialize in advanced trauma care. FireMed member households are covered by over 80 FireMed affiliates located throughout Oregon. Refer to the coverage area page for a map showing the approximate service area of participating programs.
Mar 25th 2016, 08:10 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

  '73 CB350F, '86 VFR750F, '00 Aprilia RS250, '04 Aprilia RSV1000 R Factory(x2), '07 Star 1100 Classic
If you ride out in the boonies, this can literally be a life and death thing. If you don't have it, use the service, and might want to be dead when the bills start rolling in! Cheap insurance, man. Do it.
Mar 25th 2016, 08:27 AM   #9
 Bald Guy's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Not to mention if you need air transport from your local hospital to a regional medical center.

A relative of mine was flown from Newport WA to Spokane. They had to bring the helicopter in from Sandpoint to pick her up. 122 miles, $26,000.00 bill!

Funny thing is she had the application for the coverage in her purse.

Saving your ass ain't cheap!
Mar 25th 2016, 09:04 AM   #10
 chinook rider's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Coulee City

  2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 2008 Yamaha WR250R
My work provides it as part of the bennies SWEET!
Mar 25th 2016, 11:06 AM   #11
  Jan 2016

  2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R, 2014 Kawasaki Ninja EX300 CRF250x, CRF150RB. XR100
Thanks just signed up.
Mar 25th 2016, 01:14 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  690 SMC R, XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
I've been meaning to sign up before the track season begins....and now I am! Thanks for the heads up!!
Mar 25th 2016, 02:19 PM   #13
  Feb 2016

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
northwest MedStar and Life Flight

On Thursday April 7th, 7:00 pm at 5 Mile Pizza in Spokane, a group that I belong to (the Eastern Washington ATV Assocation) is having a representative from the newly formed company speak to the group.

They offer 3 and 5 year membership plans at reduced rates.

The representative that I spoke to said if we have at least 9 people sign up from the group, they will give additional discounts to the membership fee as well.
Mar 25th 2016, 03:38 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016

  XX, ZX14R, -10, 701.

Think you might be able to ask them about setting up a group for members of this forum?

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