August marks LifeRide enrollment option period
The enrollment period forLifeRide, the City of Broken Arrow’s ambulance subscription program, will begin on Aug. 1 and ends Aug. 31.
LifeRide is a subscription based program that provides patients with valuable cost-savings on emergency medical response and transportation in Broken Arrow and supports the Broken Arrow Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Division. This enrollment period only applies to residents wishing to change their enrollment status.
The average ambulance bill can cost up to $1,500 or more. Many insurance companies will not cover the entire bill, leaving you responsible for the balance.
LifeRide members with medical insurance receive the benefit of not paying out-of-pocket costs, after a claim is submitted to their medical insurance provider. For members who do not have medical insurance, a 40 percent discount is provided.
All members of the household who claim the address registered with LifeRide as their primary residence will be covered.
LifeRide costs only $5.45 monthly per household for those inside the City limits and $7.50 per month for those outside the City limits but within the Broken Arrow fence line. For most members, the monthly fee will show up as a line item on your utility bill.
If you are interested in enrolling in LifeRide but you do not receive a City of Broken Arrow utility bill, LifeRide is paid on an annual basis. Individuals and families who do not wish to receive the benefits of LifeRide may opt-out by completing a nonparticipation form and submitting it to Utility Customer Service by Aug. 31. Residents may also complete the form at City Hall, 220 S. First St.
Fire/Rescue Subscription Service
Since 2019, residents within the Broken Arrow fenceline, but outside of City limits, are able to sign up for the a Fire/Rescue Subscription Service. BAFD Fire and Rescue calls for service outside City limits are charged $700 per hour per truck.
Approved by the City Council on June 3, 2019, this optional subscription program helps these residents cover the expense in case they need fire suppression or rescue services on their property. (Residents within City limits are already covered.)
Similar to LifeRide, residents outside City limits can pay an annual fee of $90 to cover out-of-pocket expenses related to fire response calls. Homeowners insurance or a liability policy may still be invoiced, but subscribed home and business owners will not be billed the remaining expenses. Currently, LifeRide subscribers pay $90 annually to avoid any out of pocket expenses for EMS services, but those who choose to participate in both programs will receive a discounted rate of $150 per year.