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Residents living in the City of Edmond city limits are currently eligible for ambulance service from Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), but that service is transitioning to American Medical Response (AMR). The target transition date to begin services with AMR is Dec.1, 2023.
A change is being made to make sure consistent response, at levels necessary to ensure the highest quality of service to the community, is being met. Over a period of nearly 3 years, for a variety of reasons, EMSA was not in compliance with the target minimum response times for both Priority 1 and Priority 2 emergency calls. This caused extended waits for patient transports, and that, in turn, impacted the availability of Edmond Fire personnel, both EMS and Fire Suppression. Our residents and visitors deserve the highest quality and fastest service we can provide, and that includes a timely response when it’s time to get an ambulance to a patient.
We regularly receive questions from individuals who are unsure if they live in the City of Edmond. It can be somewhat confusing because their mailing address says “Edmond, OK” but they actually live outside of the city limits. Your mailing address is based on parameters set by the US Postal Service, and those often will label “Edmond, OK” areas as addresses both inside and outside the City of Edmond city limits.
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If you are enrolled in EMSAcare or opt in for enrollment in EMSAcare in October 2023 through your City of Edmond utility bill, that service will roll over to AMR when the new contract begins in December. If you are enrolled in EMSAcare’s annual membership program you will have EMSA care until Sept. 30, 2024. This is only for the cities that EMSA services.
AMR has two ways to provide you with coverage for ambulance transport. If you are a City of Edmond resident and receive a utility bill from the City of Edmond, you can receive membership benefits via a $3 monthly fee added to your utility bill. Individuals who do not receive a monthly utility bill from the City of Edmond can purchase an annual membership directly from AMR at $65 annually.
During this initial transition, for the monthly $3 utility billing program there will be an implementation period to allow residents to opt in or opt out. After the transition from EMSA to AMR, Edmond’s utility customers have an annual open enrollment period of Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 each year. This is the only time utility billing customers can opt in or opt out of the program. Customers who opt in for the 2023-24 program year will receive membership benefits from EMSA until the transition to AMR occurs.
On the day the transition occurs your subscription will change to AMR and remain effective until you opt out. Additionally, new utility customers can opt in at the time they sign up for utility service. Individuals who do not receive a monthly utility bill from the City of Edmond can purchase an annual membership directly from AMR at (844) 793-8426 at any time. Annual memberships cost $65 and are good for one year from the sign-up date.
Contact Edmond Utility Customer Services at email@example.com or (405) 359-4541 during the month of October or when you start new services, to have a $3 charge included on your utility bill. If you already have an EMSAcare subscription through your City of Edmond utility bill, that subscription will automatically change from EMSA to AMR after the City of Edmond transitions from EMSA to AMR. If you do not receive a utility bill from Edmond, contact AMR (844) 793-8426 for an annual membership.
AMR is a third-party service contracted by the City of Edmond and there are fees associated with those services. A typical ambulance service charge for an emergency transport could be $1,300 plus $19 per mile. There are several ways to purchase memberships that would cover these transport services.
No, your medical treatment will not change. You will get transport and care, but you will be subject to charges for ambulance transport.
To reduce or eliminate your out-of-pocket expenses for ground ambulance transport, you may want to enroll in one of the AMR service options. You can do this by opting into the service offered through the City of Edmond, which shows up as a monthly $3 fee on your utility bill, or by purchasing an annual ambulance service membership with AMR for $65. Dec. 1, 2023, is the target date for AMR to provide ambulance service for the City of Edmond.
All permanent residents of your household under the age of 18 or listed on your utility account are covered, regardless of their age or whether they are a blood relative of the utility account holder. All covered persons must reside in your household. Someone simply in town visiting is not covered. Please make sure all permanent residents in your home over the age of 18 are listed on your utility account to be covered. You can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Edmond Utility Customer Service at (405) 359-4541.
Medicaid patients have no out-of-pocket costs for covered emergency ambulance transports. However, others in the household may have Medicare or private insurance and may be subject to charges because Medicare, just like private insurance, can deny claims. Should you have any questions about your eligibility, contact AMR at (844) 793-8426.
An emergency transport occurs any time AMR transports you to a hospital emergency room for urgent, unscheduled treatment of an unforeseen medical condition.
A non-emergency transport is a medical transfer that does not have a hospital emergency room as the destination. For example, AMR often transports individuals to nursing homes just after hospital discharge.
If you are eligible for monthly billing through Edmond Utility Customer Services, enrollment is only open during the month of October, unless you are signing up for a new utility service. City of Edmond utility customers who opt out but then later change their minds may purchase an annual membership directly from AMR for $65. These annual memberships are good for one year from the date of purchase.
No, once you have made your choice to stay in the program or opt out, that decision will carry forward each year unless you contact Utility Customer Service by emailing email@example.com or calling (405) 359-4541 in October to change your status.
No. A participating utility customer does not need to purchase a separate membership for a spouse in a nursing home. Please make sure that your family member is listed on your utility account to be covered.
Benefits afforded through the utility bill are only for utility account holders and individuals living with them at that residence. Renters who do not have utility accounts in their name may contact AMR directly at (844) 793-8426 to purchase an annual membership.
Apartment owners are required to notify tenants if they choose to opt out of the AMR membership program. Ambulance Transport Resident Notification. If you do not pay a City of Edmond utility bill and your apartment has chosen not to participate, you can call (844) 793-8426 and sign up for AMR’s annual membership program.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are classified as commercial customers. The $3 monthly billing service is available only to residential utility customers, not commercial customers. However, residents of your facility can purchase an individual membership by contacting AMR directly at (844) 793-8426. There are no group or facility-wide memberships for commercial customers.
No, your membership is only good for the service area that the carrier provides service for. Example: You live in Edmond and work in OKC, your AMR membership covers you in Edmond. If you want coverage in Edmond, AMR is who you want a membership with. However, if you want coverage for OKC, EMSA is who you want a membership with. If you want coverage in both areas, you will need memberships from both AMR and EMSA to keep from paying out-of-pocket charges in both locations.
If they participate in either the monthly utility billing or the annual contract, they have no out-of-pocket costs for AMR emergency service. The amount they've paid through their utility bill is considered payment in full.
Only City of Edmond utility customers who reside within the Edmond city limits are eligible to participate in Edmond's monthly utility billing program. The only way for individuals who do not have City of Edmond utility accounts to receive benefits is by purchasing an annual membership from AMR directly at (844) 793-8426. AMR’s service is only for the City of Edmond.
Yes, you could. Ambulance service providers do not have reciprocal agreements, even if it was a requested mutual aid response. You can call AMR directly at (844) 793-8426 to ask questions about their benefits and membership. You can also contact EMSA at (405) 396-2888 about their benefits and membership.
No, AMR will have the contract for ambulance transports within the City of Edmond city limits.
EMSAcare direct subscriptions are annual memberships. A current EMSAcare subscription is valid through Sept 30, 2023 if EMSAcare membership is not renewed. If a resident chooses to renew their subscription, their EMSAcare membership will be valid until Sept 30, 2024. EMSAcare memberships are non-refundable. You can contact EMSA at (405) 396-2888 about their benefits and membership.
Yes, you can purchase annual memberships from those transport agencies. You will need to contact them and know what areas those memberships provide coverage for. To inquire about AMR benefits, contact AMR directly at (844) 793-8426. You can also call EMSA directly at (405) 396-2888 to ask questions about their membership.
There's never a fee to call 9-1-1. Edmond’s 9-1-1 lines are answered by the City of Edmond’s communications team and routed or transferred to the correct first responders. Your emergency call may require Fire, Police, or Ambulance transport and the appropriate first responders will be sent.
There is no charge for Edmond Fire or Police to respond to your emergency.