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Gas money assistance for Medicaid Recipients
Have you ever heard of being paid to take your love 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. It is a free program that offers gas money to Medicaid recipients. Payments are for the expenses of taking a child to doctor visits. This program provides reimbursement for eye exams, dental 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 a 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 both of those scenarios.
I had problems getting my son to the doctor. I was on a fixed income and without transportation. Finally I found help. Help in the form of reimbursements geared to help low -income Medicaid recipients with transportation assistance. I found out about non- emergency transportation. This is a program that is funded by your insurance Medicaid. Basically ,you are reimbursed for transportation expenses. These services are for anyone on full Medicaid. Medicaid will pay transportation assistance for dental appointments, vision screenings ,sick visits , and for Medicaid screenings. You must first call the Medicaid hotline to see if you or your loved one qualifies.The number is 1-800-362-1504 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-362-1504 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting. 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,
- and 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 first attend your appointments 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 cards.
TIPS for first time recipients:
1. Expect to pay out of pocket for your visits for up to 3 months.
2.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 assure my son gets to the doctor.