No Car, No Care? Medicaid Transport Program Faces Cuts in Some States

No Car, No Care? Medicaid Transport Program Faces Cuts in Some States

When 5-year-old Maddie Holt was born with the rare and usually fatal genetic condition called Zellweger syndrome, her parents Meagan and Brandon were plunged into a world of overwhelming need and profound poverty. Multiple times each month, Maddie sees a team of specialists at Seattle Children's Hospital who treat her for the condition that has left her nearly blind and deaf, with frequent seizures and life-threatening liver problems. The only way Maddie can make the trip is through a service provided by Medicaid. In Maddie’s case, she is one of hundreds of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT)-eligible children transported to Seattle Children's each month. The need is so great, in fact, that the hospital created a transportation will-call desk to help organize the comings and goings. "When we realized how much transportation is a barrier to getting to your appointment, we decided to do something about it," says Julie Povick, manager of international exchanges and guest services at Seattle Children's.

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