Membership Benefits

The Affordable Health Care Act has a wide-reaching effect on many people in the area as well as our nation; health service reimbursements have reached into the local level with a reduction in the amount that Medicare and other insurance companies are paying to Emergency Medical Services.  This could affect your own insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.

A membership now is more vital than ever to keep

expenses down in the case of an emergency.


The Upper Perkiomen Ambulance Association provides round-the-clock basic and advanced life support emergency medical service, 365 days a year.  It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, comprised of local citizen volunteers and staffed by dedicated, professional Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).  Our organization is a proud provider of emergency healthcare to the Upper Perkiomen Valley!

Q.  If I have health insurance, do I also need a membership?

YES!  In many cases, depending on your carrier, your insurance may not cover 100% of your bill in the event you need an emergency transport to a hospital.  If you need a basic emergency transport the cost begins at $800.  For an advanced emergency transport, the cost begins at $1,300.  The average insurance company will pay approximately one-third of the charge and you will be responsible for the remainder of the bill.  Your membership will cover difference with the exception of any deductibles as mandated by Federal Law.

Q.  How does UPVAA get paid if I am transported to the hospital?

In the event that you need ambulance service, UPVAA will submit a bill to your insurance company.  Insurance payments are then applied to your balance.  Once your insurance benefits are exhausted, we write off any remaining balance if you are an active member.

Q. What should I do if my insurance company sends me a check for payment of services provided by UPVAA? 

Some insurance companies send payment for services directly to the subscriber.  If the insurance company send you full or partial payment for our services, forward it directly to UPVAA to be applied to your outstanding balance.

Q.  Is my membership tax deductible?

YES!  As a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization all of your donations are tax deductible.

Although we strive to provide service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, there are rare occasions when we are not available or on another emergency.  If we cannot provide service, the closest available ambulance will be sent to render emergency medical care;  UPVAA cannot be responsible for any billing for care rendered by another ambulance service.