I love giving financial tips and advice to people who are on Medicaid.
Non-Emergency Transportation to a Doctor
Have you ever heard of being paid to take your loved one to the doctor? No? Well, help is available from the Medicaid agency. It is shocking to me how many Alabamians are unaware of the N.E.T program. This acronym stands for Non-Emergency Transportation.
N. E. T. is a free program that offers gas money to Medicaid recipients. It pays for the expenses of taking a child to doctor visits. This program provides reimbursement for travel to eye exams, dental visits, Medicaid screenings, sick visits, health screenings, and family planning appointments; basically anything but an ambulance visit to the emergency room.
N.E.T vouchers are useful to low-income and single-parent homes, especially with gas at an all-time high. Nowadays, many people, not just single parents, require assistance getting to and from doctor appointments.
There are several reasons, like lack of transportation as well as lack of fuel, why people can't make appointments. I can relate to these reasons.
I had problems getting my son to the doctor. I was on a fixed income and without transportation. Finally, I found help in the form of N. E. T., reimbursements geared to help low-income Medicaid recipients with transportation assistance.
This is a program that is funded by your Medicaid insurance. Basically, you are reimbursed for transportation expenses. You must first call the Medicaid hotline to see if you or your loved one qualifies. The number is 1-800-362-1504. If you have any questions regarding Medicaid services, you can ask a representative at this number.
Steps to Take to See If You Qualify
- Call the Medicaid recipient call center (the number is on the back of your insurance card).
- Choose option six the first time you call (then you'll choose option 4 for future calls).
- Tell the service representative you want to apply for the N. E. T. (non-emergency transportation) program.
If you are on full Medicaid, you will be approved.
Before you call the recipient hot-line, you should gather:
- recipient's Medicaid card
- name of doctor
- date of visit
- telephone number of the doctor
This information is required to process your requests. It is faster if you have this information on hand.
It is important to remember that this is a reimbursement program. That means you must attend your appointments first before you are paid. After you have applied for the services and are approved, you will receive a debit card in the mail. The funds will be electronically deposited to your card. It works like any other debit card.
Tips for first-time recipients:
- Expect to pay out of pocket for your visits for up to three months.
- Once you receive money on your transportation card, save it until you have an appointment.
Many parents spend the money (which is their right since this is a reimbursement), but I like to save mine for future doctor visits. I do this to ensure my son gets to the doctor.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.