I have had a huge amount of people ask me how do I set up transportation with Medicaid and get transportation to and from doctors visits. I travel from Otsego, Michigan to Ann Arbor every summer for a specialist who sees Bella and knows what 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is as our disorder is hard to find someone local who understands. I lucked out and have an amazing pediatric doctor who understands and has a few other clients who also have children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
I simply called the back of the Medicaid card Bella is on United community plan with children's special health care as that is the provider who is most often accepted and taken by the specialist that Bella sees.
1. I listen to the options and hit the number for the transportation.
2. you need to have the address of where the driver needs to take you so you can get thereand the time of your appointment so you can get there in a timely manner
3. Sometimes there will be other clients who have to get in the car with you and they have to go to their appointment as well.
4. you will have to put aside a day to do this and it helps if you bring things to do for the card ride sometimes you get a friendly chatty driver sometimes the driver wants to just get you to and from
5. It is covered by Medicade so the cost of gas is not on you. If you can get another person to drive you to your appointment you can call and ask for transportation reimbursement for mileage. We have done that a few times and it really comes in handy. It takes a month or so do not depend on that gas reimbursement to be part of your budget consider it a nice bonus when it arrives
6. If you need food or lodge basically food to eat and a place to sleep while you have your appointments you can call the social worker at the hospital if you are having an operation or overnight sleep study and they will help set everything up
7. Pack a busy bag for you and your child nothing worst then having to be in a car and your child is whining how bored and are we there yet cause they have nothing else to do.
8. Bring snacks and yes you can bring something nice for the driver offer coffee or lunch sometimes they do accept gifts other times they say no thank you considering were on Medicaid we qualify and don't have the disposable income to buy strangers gifts.
10. Enjoy the trip and say thank you to your driver's kindness goes a long way.
If you need transportation to appointments and are on Medicaid this link has a lot of information on how to get a ride to your doctor's visits.
Since we are going to Bella's play therapy today I figured I would share this post because so many of you have asked how to do this. I wasn't told about it either until I needed services. I have run into so many people during my doctor's visits in the waiting area just asked how I managed to get rides or they see my blog and have seen the post about how I used transportation to get from where I live to Ann Arbor which is a 2-hour drive. They also do gas reimbursements.
It requires planning and making sure you have name and address of where you are heading to and phone numbers of doctors offices and you can only get picked up at home and to the appointment.
I hope this has answered some questions. Of course I have ran into mishaps and some issues with the people who answer the other end of the medicade line who would rather do anything then be helpful and do their jobs or they want to pass the buck on to someone else. However you can always ask to speak with a supervisor if there are any issues with your arrange ride or if anyone has been rude or such to you. I have had a few run ins with the call center but they seem to fixed up issues after I dealt with it. I have never had any issues with the transportion drivers other then one time my driver never showed up or called and my appoitment had to be cancelled that happen twice to me during winter storms. So in the winter time in Michigan use transportation at your own risk