FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nick Manetto – 202.312.7499 / [email protected]
WASHINGTON (July 17, 2017) – The nation’s leading brokers of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services have joined together to launch a new coalition that will advocate for policies to protect access to cost-effective medical transportation services.
Known as the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC), the group was founded and launched by the leading national transportation managers responsible for delivering healthcare access to nearly 40 million Medicaid beneficiaries. MTAC can be found online at www.mtaccoalition.org.
MTAC founding members manage NEMT programs in more than 40 states through direct contracts with state agencies and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Together, they are responsible for coordinating more than 85 million rides annually.
MTAC will focus on educating audiences about medical transportation and how this service helps people with complex health conditions stay healthier, enables many patients to avoid extensive inpatient care and facilitates continued independent living at home. The actively managed model in particular helps state agencies and MCOs efficiently manage healthcare dollars through greater access to services while limiting overall healthcare costs.
Brokers today arrange transportation for beneficiaries who lack such access to help them make necessary healthcare visits such as dialysis treatments, substance abuse and recovery sessions, mental and behavioral health appointments and visits with primary care or specialty doctors. By making sure beneficiaries are able to travel to their medical appointments, brokers help keep beneficiaries healthier and limit costs associated with more intensive and costly healthcare services caused by missed appointments.
In addition to engaging Congress on the value of medical transportation, MTAC is also paying close attention to actions states are taking or considering that may alter or limit Medicaid beneficiary access to transportation services.
MTAC will be managed and represented by Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.