MAS believes that: Healthy people make for healthier communities.
Working with transportation providers and medical practitioners, MAS strives to ensure enrollees can safely and timely access health care.
As an enrollee, you have benefits and rights through Medicaid. A great place to start learning more is the NYSDoH Medicaid FAQS.
To keep everything moving smoothly, and not stall out, MAS asks that enrollees strive to meet the following:
- All Medicaid transportation needs to be scheduled and approved by MAS prior to the trip occurring. Three (3) days are needed for regularly scheduled appointments, five (5) days are needed to receive a bus pass by mail, or you may be required to purchase your own pass and then be reimbursed.
When Ordering a Trip:
The same modes of transportation used in daily life will be used for NEMT. Here’s a couple of examples:
- If an enrollee has their own vehicle and is able to use this vehicle to get to an appointment, they are eligible to participate in Mileage Reimbursement Guide 12.2017
- If there is access to a bus route and the enrollee is medically able to ride the bus, they are to participate in the Bus Pass Adminstrator Form.
- If taxi is the enrollee’s regular means of transportation and he/she does not have access to a vehicle or a bus, then the enrollee is to utilize Medicaid taxi services, continuing for other forms of transportation for which they meet the criteria.
All trips should be scheduled as far in advance as possible. As a reminder, when scheduling trips, please have this information on hand:
- Medicaid Number, ex: AB12345C
- Birth date
- Contact number
- Reason for the transportation
- Date and time of appointment
- Location you will be attending, including the full street addresss
- Transportation vendor with whom you prefer to ride
- Any other special instructions needed for the trip
MAS may request additional information in order to schedule trips according to NYS guidelines.
If you need to cancel a trip, please do so as far in advance as possible.
- Please be respectful, punctual and prepared when your transportation provider arrives. You must follow all New York State laws during transportation. (Buckle Up!)
- Always carry your Medicaid card to and from appointments.
- If you are traveling by private vehicle or public transportation, you will need to have your medical provider sign forms attesting that you were seen. (link to forms)
- If you are traveling out of town and require an overnight stay, please keep your receipts. You may need to submit them for reimbursement for hotels, meals and other expenses.
These are the forms most often used by enrollees. All forms and resources are here.
- 2015 form – Verification of Transportation Abilities – this form is completed by your medical provider, and stays on file at MAS, regarding wheelchair, stretcher or ambulance transportation. We will need you to serve as the link between your medical provider and ensuring that MAS has the latest copy of the form.
- 2020 Form – Outside Common Medical Area – the local area where you routinely receive medical care is defined as your Common Medical Area (CMA). There are times when the best care will be outside that area, and MAS strives to get enrollees to the best care. This form helps validate care outside of the CMA.