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The Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program (MTP) is a statewide program that is responsible for ensuring that eligible clients of Medicaid, Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program, and Transportation for Indigent Cancer Patients (TICP) who have no other means can be transported to their medical and dental appointments.

Title XIX of the Social Security Act mandates that all states provide for transportation for all eligible Medicaid clients. Texas provides state funds and receives federal matching funds based on the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) rate. As other Medicaid services, MTP is the payor of last resort.

MTP arranges free non-emergency transportation to eligible Medicaid and CSHCN Services Program clients who do not have any other means of transportation to access health-care services. MTP also provides medical transportation services to individuals who are diagnosed with cancer or cancer-related illness in South Texas. Attendants are also eligible for transportation assistance.

Transportation services can include:

  • Providing tickets to use fixed-route and special transit public transportation bus systems.
  • Arranging a demand-response transportation service provided by vendors that use buses, vans, or sedans.
  • Distributing up-front funds or reimbursement for meals, lodging and transportation costs for eligible recipients and their accompanying parent/guardian when health-care services require overnight or extended stays and/or travel to another city or even out-of-state . These services are available for clients through 20 years of age.
  • Reimbursing a friend, neighbor, or family member for gas to drive a client in a personal vehicle to a scheduled health-care appointment by enrolling the person in the Individual Transportation Provider (ITP).

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