Kodiak Daily Mirror - Guardian Flight buys Apollo MT new plan offered
  
Guardian Flight buys Apollo MT, new plan offered
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 25, 2014 | 104 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Guardian Flight and Apollo Medi Trans reunited after five years as separate companies and came with a new plan to service Alaskans.

Both companies, once under the same ownership but then split off from each other,

provided emergency medical air transportation services to people in Alaska and around the U.S.

Guardian Flight offered actual transportation services on airplanes, while Apollo MT provided insurance and membership plans to cover transportation costs on any emergency air transport service.

Now, those two services will be combined again into one company.

Timothy Baker, the former vice-president of Apollo MT, did not know exactly how many membership plans are owned by Kodiakans, but said it was probably around 500.

He added that Kodiak probably receives around 100-150 medevac transports per year.

A statement from the company said that current membership programs will not be changed or disrupted.

Before June 16, Apollo MT plans covered flights on any emergency air transport in Alaska.

“Anyone who had an old Apollo MT plan, if you had purchased it prior to the 16th, your plan would cover you on any provider,” said Apollo MT’s former vice president Timothy Baker. “After the 16th, that is a Guardian Flight product that you’re purchasing and that only pertains to Guardian.”

According to a Guardian Flight brochure, new customers will be able to purchase a plan in the new program, Apollo MT by Guardian Fligh. This will cover emergency transport flights operated by Guardian Flight or other operators in the Air Medical Resource Group, the parent company of seven emergency transport companies that operate in the western U.S.

Air transport costs can be in the tens of thousands of dollars, the company’s website said. Apollo MT and Guardian Flight bill insurance companies for those costs. The purchase of a membership plan covers any cost not covered by insurance companies.

Guardian Flights from Kodiak generally go to Anchorage, Baker said, although a few go direct to Seattle.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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