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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 50. Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care Services

12VAC30-50-530. Methods of providing transportation.

A. DMAS will ensure necessary transportation for recipients to and from providers of covered medical services. DMAS shall cover transportation to covered medical services under the following circumstances:

1. Emergency air, ambulance transportation, and all other modes of transportation, shall be covered as medical services under 42 CFR 431.53 and any other applicable federal Medicaid regulations. These modes include, but shall not be limited to, nonemergency air travel, nonemergency ground ambulance, stretcher vans, wheelchair vans, common user bus (intra-city and inter-city), volunteer/registered drivers, and taxicabs. DMAS may contract directly with providers of transportation or with brokers of transportation services, or both. DMAS may require that brokers not have a financial interest in transportation providers with whom they contract.

2. Medicaid provided transportation shall only be available when recipients have no other means of transportation available.

3. Recipients shall be furnished transportation services that are the most economical to adequately meet the recipients' medical needs.

4. Ambulances, wheelchair vans, taxicabs, and other modes of transportation must be licensed to provide services in the Commonwealth by the appropriate state or local licensing agency, or both. Volunteer/registered drivers must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth and must maintain automobile insurance.

5. DMAS-covered school transportation is described at 12VAC30-50-130 C. Vehicles and drivers providing the transportation shall be in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

B. DMAS will ensure necessary nonemergency transportation for full-benefit, dual eligible recipients to obtain medically necessary, noncovered Medicare Part D prescription drugs.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-324 and 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR460-02-3.1400, eff. January 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 12, eff. July 2, 2001; Volume 20, Issue 1, eff. October 22, 2003; Volume 21, Issue 22, eff. August 10, 2005; Volume 23, Issue 11, eff. March 7, 2007; Volume 25, Issue 5, eff. December 10, 2008.

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