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I found out though my doctors office we had free transpiration to and from doctor visits and treatments in r.I has saved us a lot of gas and stress
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Also you could be eligible for "dial a ride" type services. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to get more information.
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In Az, if you have the ALTCS(Arizona Long Term Care Service) through the Medicaid program, it will pay for transportation for medical appointments. This program is specifically for the elderly and physically disabled.
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The drivers of Medicaid transport in Illinois get away with smoking quite often because their bosses do not check on them. If you only have medicare you would have to pay for the med car transportation and in my home state of Illinois that can be fifty dollars a ride with an attendant on board. If you are coming home from the nursing home taking the med car or med van in can run you forty dollars. If you are taking the college PSOP bus and have an attendant the attendant has to pay four dollars and the passenger would pay a ticket. Often times I see adult caregivers taking an elderly person to the doctors as well. It has gotten so bad that elderly in wheelchairs have just elected to stay in a nursing home and have the doctor come to them because they felt it would be too risky to go to the doctor otherwise.
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I would think if it was a seniors/disabled van the driver would not be allowed to smoke. Its public transport not a personal car.
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local county/city bus transit service has special smaller buses /vans for elderly/disabled at free or very low charge!Check out your area..or call your senior center office.As said an ambulance will not pay for a dr appt unless you are needing a non- emergency ambulance transport which is NOT 911 but private companies....so please don't call 911.
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Do you have a shuttle in your area or a senior van they can transport for a small cost on a fixed route and they even transport the disabled. With a senior van you do have to schedule ahead to get the time you want and be ready up to an hour early. If you have allergies I would not use medical transportation in some cases.The med cab could ride with the window down, sometimes the driver smokes, often times drivers speed to make an appointment or are late getting to or from the appointment and they want everybody home by Five PM. The senior van can get you at a later or earlier time and is sometimes a service of the local transportation district for your area or a local college for ADA travel you will have to sign up for the senior van and be under a certain income level to receive tickets or a pass for a half price ride or to receive ticket books. If you are disabled and in a wheelchair and ride the senior van and have to have a helper some senior vans charge an extra fare to have the helper on the bus.
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Call your Office of aging. Ours supplies transportation for a small fee. Do u have bus service? If u can prove a disability u could get a big discount. Red Cross sometimes can supply rides. Do u belong to a church, their may be volunteers there.
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Our city offers free transportation for people with disabilities or the elderly. It is called paratransit. Some places may charge a minimal fee. They will come to their home (by appointment), wheel the person to the van, help them onto the van and also, once they reach their destination, they will help them off the van and into the facility. It is also free for a caregiver to accompany the person.
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Oops! Forgot to mention Medicare benefits. Here's what the Medicare & You book says about their only transportation benefit, Ambulance Services:

"Medicare covers ground ambulance transportation when you need to be transported to a hospital, critical access hospital, or skilled nursing facility for medically necessary services, and transportation in any other vehicle would endanger your health. Medicare may pay for emergency ambulance transportation in an airplane or helicopter to a hospital if you need immediate and rapid ambulance transportation that ground transportation can't provide. In some cases, Medicare may pay for limited, medically necessary, non-emergency ambulance transportation if you have a written order from your doctor stating that ambulance transportation is necessary due to your medical condition. Medicare will only cover ambulance services to the nearest appropriate medical facility that's able to give you the care you need. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies." -Medicare & You, 2015
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Dianechanel:
Do you know if you have "full" Medicaid or a Medicare Savings Program, where the state pays your Medicare Part B premium, deductible and copays? In Washington state, I work with a lot of people who have this program, and they receive a Medicaid card, so they think they're "on" Medicaid--but they're not on the full meal deal, just partial Medicaid. These folks do not qualify for Medicaid Transportation, at least in my state.
Are you receiving another long-term care service or waivered service? In this case, then it is likely that you do have full Medicaid benefits and then would qualify for Medicaid Transportation.
Not sure which situation is you? Call your local Area Agency on Aging--in your area (based on your profile), it would be the Senior Resource Alliance, the AAA of Central Florida. The folks in their Aging & Disability Resource Center should be able to help you figure out what you can qualify for: (407) 514-1800
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sondraO I'm just pointing out that Medicare likely will not pay in non-emergency situations.
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Our local snf facilities in GA and AL cover transportation to/from medical appointments if on Medicaid. If no Medicaid, private pay is $50.00/round trip. If patient gets the flu or some other minor illness, he/she is at risk of being charged a $25.00 cancellation fee, especially if transit is not notified w/in 24 hours.
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If you have medicad Staywell they pay for all transportation free. if you just have reg medcaid I think you can use access lynx for 4.00 a trip in Fla. I am sure other states have similar services.
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We have called 911 five times for me and 3 times for my husband during the past yr and medicare has paid for the ambulance each time.
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Medicaid can cover rides to and from your doctor’s office, the hospital, or another medical office. See https://www.cms.gov/medicare-medicaid-coordination.

Varies by state but usually application must be signed by doctor or nurse practitioner & can take 4-6 weeks to process. You'll have to have a separate approval for each address.

Some states have it online but stay on top of your doctor and keep copies of everything!

Medicare will pay for ambulance only under strict medical necessity rules.
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