Correction/ clarification

The Blount Countian’s June 21 article on Hayden’s new air evac insurance coverage for town residents contained inaccurate and incomplete information. The information, related to extended coverage beyond the basic municipal membership – provided without charge to residents living within the city limits of Hayden – is restated correctly here:

For $35 annually over and above the free municipal membership, a resident may apply for upgraded coverage that will extend the air evac service outside Blount County. In other words, if a resident/ municipal member has a medical emergency anywhere in the continental United States served by an AirMedCare network provider – in Cullman county or California, for instance – he/she will be airlifted to the nearest trauma center there at no out-of-pocket expense, just as if the emergency had occurred in Blount County. The network covers 260 locations in 32 states.

Also, for an additional $134 annually over and above the free municipal membership, residents may subscribe to a service to fly them home from the distant emergency location anywhere within the 48 contiguous states to a hospital of their choice near their home – from a California hospital back to a hospital in Birmingham, for example. Like the $35 upgraded coverage, that service covers the Hayden resident who subscribes and all other individuals living in his/her household. Two caveats: (1) the distant location must be more than 150 nautical miles (about 175 linear miles) away from home, and (2) two such trips per year per household are covered.

Questions about specific geographical coverage areas or other matters should go to La Tere Jones at (205) 303-0537 or email