Q & A: Non-Emergency Medical Transportation for Pregnant Women

Executive Summary

This Q&A discusses non-emergency transportation for pregnant women in the Medicaid program.

Prepared by Leslie Arnold and Jane Perkins 
 
Question: What are some transportation options available to help Medicaid-eligible pregnant women get to the doctor?s office, clinic, or hospital? 
 
Brief Answer: Each state must arrange necessary transportation for Medicaid-eligible pregnant women to and from providers. This Medicaid service is called Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT). Depending on the state?s program, a woman may be able to receive gas vouchers; mileage reimbursement for friends, family, or outreach workers; bus or public transit passes; taxi service; or individual and shared van rides. Some states are establishing transportation brokerage programs, where the state contracts with a company to arrange for provision of transportation services for Medicaid beneficiaries according to the individual?s specific needs. 
 
This Q&A provides brief background on this issue and then gives some examples of innovative programs that cover transportation services for pregnant women. 
 
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