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).