With Medicaid reform an ongoing topic of concern in legislature, an important bill called the Protecting Patients Transportation to Care Act aims to protect non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) for Medicaid members. The bipartisan legislation would incorporate the transportation benefit into existing Medicaid statutes, and would also protect NEMT integrity by requiring prior authorization and/or utilization management of services.
As a founding member of the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC), MTM applauds legislators on their efforts to protect Medicaid members’ access to transportation services.
Why is NEMT so important to Medicaid?
- Every year, nearly four million Americans miss or delay medical care because they have no way of getting to their appointments
- An estimated 10% of Medicaid members rely on NEMT to get to their medical appointments
- Transportation is inexpensive compared to the high and rapidly growing cost of healthcare, making it more cost effective to transport a member to preventative care rather than waiting for a serious health condition to arise
Find out how MTM is simplifying NEMT through reliable technology, GPS interfaces, and real-time visibility as we strive toward a vision of zero missed trips.