Judge allows woman's air ambulance bill suit to move forward

The woman's insurance company agreed to pay five percent of a $568,000 bill

By EMS1 Staff

KEARNEY, Neb. — A woman who was transported by air ambulance from the Dominican Republic to Nebraska after breaking her leg will move forward with a lawsuit against her insurance company.

Lincoln Journal Star reported that Deborah Pearson’s insurance company, Wellmark Inc., agreed that an air ambulance was necessary, but asserted she should have been transported to Miami.

The total bill for Pearson’s transport was $568,000. The insurance company said they would pay the “maximum allowed rate” of $28,402.

Pearson sued Wellmark in 2015 and is seeking benefits that she claims the company wrongly denied her.

U.S. District Judge John Gerrard said Pearson can pursue the lawsuit.

"There is no basis for Wellmark's refusal to pay for Ms. Pearson's flight," attorney Eamon Kelly wrote in the lawsuit.

Wellmark claims to have no obligation to cover the fee.

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