Air ambulance waives widow's $37k bill

Air ambulance provider Air Evac in O'Fallon, Mo., has relieved a widow of financial responsibility for her husband's transport after Medicare and the VA refused to cover the claim, reports KMOV.

Air Evac lifted and transported Earl Burch to a hospital in Fenton, Mo., after he suffered a stroke in 2015. Mr. Burch had health coverage under Medicare Part A and through the VA.

Shirley Burch claimed both government payers refused to cover the claim in part, leaving her with full financial responsibility for a $37,001 bill.

Air Evac President Seth Myers said he agreed to waive Ms. Burch's bill after learning of her situation. Mr. Myers told KMOV, "Essentially this poor woman got caught between two federal agencies. We're there to help."

Air Evac dispatches medical transport helicopters in 16 states. 

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