Getting to the doctor’s office is a challenge for many Coloradans.
Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid program, pays for transportation by a van service or other vehicle to medical appointments, pharmacies, and other non-emergency health care trips. This is a critical coverage benefit, because 14% of Colorado’s Medicaid enrollees had to cancel an appointment because they couldn’t get transportation to their doctor’s office. Patients who are older, disabled, or live in rural areas are especially affected by transportation issues. The Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) benefit isn’t working the way it’s supposed to, and patients are paying the price.
We’re taking action.
We’re bringing together patients, clinical staff, drivers, and other stakeholders to find solutions that work for everyone. Learn more about what this work looks like and what successes we’ve had:
- MEMO – Medicaid NEMT in Colorado
- POLICY – House Bill 1097 (passed and signed into law in 2016)
- BLOG POSTS – Prioritizing NEMT
For more information, please contact our Deputy Director, Maggie Gómez.