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Medicaid Clients Often Eligible to Receive Free Transportation

  • Synopsis: Published: 2008-01-24 (Rev. 2014-04-08) - Colorado Medicaid clients can get transportation to Medicaid covered medical appointment if they have no other free way to get to your appointment. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Colorado Cross Disabilities.

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Quote: "If the individual needs wheelchair equipped transportation they might be asked to have their doctor verify the need."

Medicaid clients often eligible to receive free transportation to medical appointments.

If clients need help getting to your appointment they can call the county department of social services. They should call at least 72 hours before the appointment.

If the need is urgent the county only has to transport the client if the doctor verifies that the medical condition is acute and cannot wait. The county will require use of the least expensive method of transportation - for example if you are medically able to ride the bus then they might buy you a bus ticket rather than use a private van. Your doctor decides what is medically appropriate.

If the individual needs wheelchair equipped transportation they might be asked to have their doctor verify the need.

Clients are required to go to the closest provider that meets their Medicaid medical needs.

If a client has a vehicle and can drive they are expected to use their car and can receive reimbursement for mileage unless it presents a financial hardship or unless it is not safe, not insured, etc. In some cases the county might be able to provide gas money up front.

Clients who are on a home and community based services waiver may be eligible to receive non-medical transportation. This is transportation to services that one needs to remain living independently in the community. An example is shopping, banking, or attending community support groups. If you want more information on this you should call your case manager.

The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition helps clients who are denied medical or non-medical transportation. Clients can call toll free 1-800-817-1435 - Julie Reiskin, Executive Director.

The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, CCDC, is Colorado's only statewide cross-disability organization dedicated to ensuring the independence, self-reliance, and full participation of people with all types of disabilities in Colorado.

Related Information:

  1. Medicaid - U.S. Public Health Care Safety Net - Weiner & McCulloch PLLC - (Nov 19, 2011)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/social-security/usa/medicaid-info.php
  2. Medicaid - A Major Senior and Disability Lifeline - Wendy Taormina-Weiss - (Jul 18, 2011)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/lifeline.php
  3. Information on What Medicaid Will Pay For - Medicaid - (Jun 29, 2010)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/medical/medicaid.php




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