The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made headlines earlier this year when it made an important rule change to Medicaid beneficiaries regarding non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). With the rule change, states would have the option of opting out of the stipulation which requires them to provide NEMT to these beneficiaries. The changes could result in higher care costs while also causing issues such as limited access for potentially millions of people.
NEMT has remained a required Medicaid benefit since the late 1960s. The program guidelines require state programs involving Medicaid to provide the transportation to a provider as necessary. It is up to the state to figure out how it wishes to implement the NEMT benefits, with many of them choosing to go with a third party.
Research into NEMT has shown ongoing improvements in boosting health outcomes by assisting with access to preventive care and treating conditions like heart disease. One study shows that more than fifty percent of Medicaid beneficiaries would be unable to attend their medical appointments were it not for NEMT.
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This update is by iTransport Services, a non-emergency medical transportation Miami provider for paratransit VIP needs. Our company operates throughout Miami-Dade County, offering door-to-door transportation services. We also operate in parts of Monroe County’s Upper to Middle Keys and our fleet includes a series of minivans, vans, and sedans. For more information on transportation services in Miami FL, please call 305-662-6797.