This month Oklahoma City residents have the chance to opt in to a service offered by EMSA and the city.
It helps take away some of the financial burden if a medical emergency happens. The service, called EMSAcare, costs about $3.60 per month, which is charged to your OKC utility bill.
Those couple of dollars mean that if there is an unexpected emergency the out-of-pocket expenses for ambulance transportation are covered. The program is limited to the EMSA service area, which includes most of the OKC and Tulsa metro.
EMSA officials say that paramedics will respond to all emergency calls regardless of whether people are signed up for the service. However, with the typical ambulance ride costing about $800, having the service could help put residents minds at ease.
"Health emergencies don't discriminate based on age, race, how much money you make, what part of the city you live in. This is a way you can sleep easier at night knowing EMSAcare will take care of you and your family," said Adam Paluka, director of public affairs for EMSA.
September is the open enrollment month, subscribers can opt in by phone or online.