BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota has issued a cease and desist order to AirMedCare Network for allegedly selling illegal air ambulance subscriptions to residents.
Consumer protection legislation enacted in 2017 banned the sale of air ambulance subscriptions in the state, according to Jon Godfread, the state’s insurance commissioner.
AirMedCare Network, an alliance of air ambulance providers, including Guardian Flight and Valley Med Flight, sold air ambulance subscriptions and used targeted Facebook ads for air ambulance subscription services in the state, North Dakota regulators said.
Valley Med Flight also allegedly sold air ambulance subscriptions by posting a website directing consumers to a link to the AirMedCare Network air ambulance subscription service, regulators said.
Only one of AirMedCare’s four providers and only one of the nine providers that operate in North Dakota is affiliated with AirMedCare. Also, Guardian Flight is currently in-network with North Dakota’s largest health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. That means if you have insurance through BCBSND, a subscription is worthless, Godfread said.
In a statement to the Grand Forks Herald, AirMedCare said it is in compliance with North Dakota law and it does not have any online ads or direct mail targeted to North Dakota residents. The company noted the state regulation is the subject of a federal lawsuit.