Medicaid’s Non-Emergency Transportation: The Critical Role of Mobility Services in Accessing Behavioral and Preventative Care

Medicaid’s non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) facilitates free or low-cost transportation to and from medical appointments for enrollees who have transportation barriers. The goal of this project is to examine NEMT utilization for accessing behavioral health services (including mental health and substance abuse treatment) and preventative services (including primary care and specialist visits) by rurality of Medicaid beneficiaries’ residential locations. Currently there is no national-level database that contains both health care utilization and transportation information. Past studies on NEMT use have relied on surveys or proprietary state-level data that contain self-reported demand for either transportation or medical care or both. Findings from this study can inform healthcare delivery and service improvements for low-income populations who are eligible for NEMT benefits


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $80000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      United States Department of Transportation - FHWA - LTAP

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Washington State University, Pullman

      Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
      PO Box 642910
      Pullman, WA  United States  99164-2910
    • Principal Investigators:

      Mandal, Bidisha

    • Start Date: 20190816
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210815
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01745558
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Nov 27 2019 6:55PM