Transportation plays a crucial role in connecting individuals to various aspects of life. However, when it comes to individuals with special needs, the challenge of accessing reliable transportation becomes more pronounced. Fortunately, non-emergency transportation services have emerged as a lifeline, providing vital assistance to those who require transportation for medical appointments, social engagements, or other essential activities.
What is non-emergency transportation?
Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) is offered to patients who face difficulties and obstacles getting to their medical appointments independently. NEMT is typically provided to Medicaid recipients. Some challenges or difficulties for patients could include not having a driver’s license, having cognitive, developmental, or physical limitations, or being unable to walk or travel alone. NEMT providers are available for medical appointments and non-emergent purposes, and providers are required to supply transportation to and from appointments. By providing a safe and convenient mode of transportation, NEMT helps bridge the gap between individuals and their essential destinations.
Common Reasons for Using NEMT
Accessibility to Medical Appointments
Accessing reliable transportation is paramount for individuals with regular medical check-ups or appointments. Non-emergency transportation services ensure that patients can reach medical facilities promptly, preventing delays in treatment and enhancing overall healthcare outcomes.
Social Engagement and Quality of Life
Non-emergency transportation services empower individuals to maintain an active social life, enabling them to participate in community events, visit family and friends, and engage in recreational activities. This increased social connectivity improves the quality of life and mental health.
Safety and Peace of Mind
Our experienced drivers undergo rigorous training to ensure passengers are transported with utmost care and security. Additionally, the vehicles are equipped with safety features, making the entire transportation experience worry-free for clients and their families.
Insurance & Cost Considerations
Does Insurance Cover It?
Non-emergency transportation services aren’t always covered by private insurance. If it is included in your plan, they’ll cover it, but you can also discuss adding this resource to your coverage with your healthcare provider.
Does Medicare Cover It?
Medicare will cover non-emergency medical transportation if:
- It is needed to obtain medical treatment or diagnose a medical condition
- The use of other transportation could be dangerous to your health
- You have a written note from your doctor that ambulance transportation is necessary
Medicare won’t provide transportation to and from follow-up medical appointments, even if necessary.
How is the Cost Calculated?
When paying privately, the price of non-emergency medical transportation is calculated by taking the flat pickup rate+ rate per mile+ any other additional services such as Wheelchair Assistance or oxygen.
Contact Trinity Support Group Services
When looking for a transportation service for your loved one, finding an experienced and supportive team is crucial. Since 2017, Trinity Support Group Services has strived to provide excellent services and enhance individuals’ everyday lives. We offer non-emergency medical transportation, meal preparation, grocery shopping, and more!
Visit our website to learn about our NEMT service or call 313-505-4151 to learn how we can assist with your transportation needs.