Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Will Reshaping Medicaid Sacrifice An Important Benefit?
Medicaid delivers care to 74.5 million individuals for less money than any other large-scale health financing mechanism. A 2016 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation study noted that “spending per enrollee is lower for Medicaid compared to private insurance after controlling for differences in sociodemographic and health characteristics between the two groups.” One reason might be that Medicaid covers certain inexpensive, non-medical services that, when delivered early in the progression of chronic diseases, can check or slow the diseases, thereby improving beneficiaries’ health and saving money.
One non-medical service—transportation to medical appointments—has been part of Medicaid since its inception in 1966 and addresses one of the socioeconomic disadvantages that prevent Medicaid beneficiaries from accessing health services. It is suggested that 3.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries “miss or delay care” annually due to transportation problems. Although non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) is a mandatory Medicaid benefit, states can limit its availability through federal waivers. As Medicaid enters a period of unprecedented experimentation and, potentially, reduced federal resources, NEMT remains a critical feature of the program.
In Miami, Ride2md is your (NEMT) solution, from private cars, to handicapped transport, we have the resources to handle all your non emergent medical transportation needs. Whether you need transportation for you or a loved one, visit our site and chat with us to see if you’re covered under Medicaid, or if you have any questions at all. We will get you or your loved one riding safely to their important medical appointments right away.