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  • 12/22/2020

    In a Major Victory, Congress Votes to Protect Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services


    The Transportation Alliance Celebrates Win After Two-year Legislative Battle to
    Protect Americans Who Depend on Life-Saving NEMT Services

    (ROCKVILLE, Md.)—The Transportation Alliance (TTA) and its non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) coalition partners are celebrating a major legislative victory after Congress voted to codify this life-saving service as part of Medicaid. The president has announced he will sign the bill into law.

    Yesterday, Congress voted to protect NEMT services by including a provision in the fiscal year 2021 Appropriations Bill to protect NEMT funding as part of Medicaid. TTA and coalition partners have been working on this vital protection since 2018. Millions of Americans rely on Medicaid-funded NEMT for transportation to life-saving medical treatments such as chemotherapy and dialysis.

    “The Transportation Alliance applauds Congress for recognizing the importance of protecting Medicaid NEMT,” Nick Cambas, TTA's president, said. “Attempts to cut Medicaid NEMT through rule-making would have negatively impacted the most vulnerable Americans’ ability to access important transportation services, not only for Medicaid beneficiaries, but more broadly for entire populations at risk. By passing legislation that codifies the NEMT provision under Medicaid, only an act of Congress can change the provision in the future, ensuring that millions of Americans can continue to utilize these vital services.”

    Efforts to save NEMT services included bipartisan support. TTA wishes to especially thank the tireless efforts of Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), who have been supporting the protection of these vital services for two years. During that time, members of TTA from across the country joined the association's leadership in Washington to voice their support for protecting NEMT with visits to elected officials through TTA's annual Legislative Fly-In, phone calls and letter-writing campaigns.

    “We are heartened to see that Washington was able to cross the aisle and work so effectively together to protect passengers who rely on this vital transportation and the companies that provide these services,” Cambas added.

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