Commentary: Ending non-emergency rides to care for Medicaid patients would be counter-productive

November 24, 2018, Modern Healthcare, Dr. Sachin H. Jain - As a practicing physician and the head of Anthem’s CareMore Health, I know from experience that people miss or delay medical care every day because they lack accessible or reliable transportation. That’s why CareMore has always provided non-emergency medical transportation to our patients. A rule change under consideration by the CMS would allow states to opt out of the requirement that they provide non-emergency medical transportation, or NEMT, to Medicaid beneficiaries. Unfortunately, this change has the potential to increase the cost of care, severely limit access to care for millions, and, most distressingly, lead to negative health outcomes.

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