Ravn Alaska Joins American Cancer Society in Providing Free Flights to Rural Alaskans Seeking Treatment
“Continuing cancer treatment once you’re diagnosed is crucial, but the cost to receive care can be a serious obstacle,” says Charissa Habeger, community development director at American Cancer Society in Alaska.
“Seventy percent of the cancer patients we serve in rural Alaska are either low-income or under-insured and may not be able to afford a plane ticket to see their doctor in an urban area. With Ravn Alaska’s partnership, we’re able to ease the burden of travel by providing patients transportation to the care they deserve.”
Alaskan patients who are required to travel for cancer treatment may receive up to six complimentary one-way flights annually for travel to and from cancer-related appointments anywhere Ravn flies.
Caregivers who are medically necessary to accompany the patient will also receive a 50 percent discount on their ticket price.
“When this opportunity was presented to us, we jumped on it without hesitation,” says Rob McKinney, Raven Alaska CEO.
“Serving the people of Alaska and its communities is one of our most important values as a company. We’re very proud to partner with the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer and are eager to help patients access the life-saving treatment they need.”
Doctors, clinicians, support staff, or patients themselves may call 1-800-227-2345 to request flights at least three business days in advance. Medical staff may also request patient flights by submitting a patient referral form by contacting Charissa Habeger at the American Cancer Society in Alaska at [email protected].
To ensure the health and safety measures are met, Ravn is following all COVID-19 safety protocols. Airline employees are tested regularly and the planes are thoroughly cleaned between flights. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times while on Ravn flights as well as in airport terminals.
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