Lyft Hails New Ride Share Market As Medicaid Provider

Lyft’s Arizona Medicaid relationship offers a glimpse into the expanding opportunities for ride sharing companies including rival Uber as they expand into non-emergency medical transportation

Lyft Hails New Ride Share Market As Medicaid Provider

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Lyft said it hopes to negotiate similar arrangements in other states and their Medicaid programs for poor Americans. “Too many Americans are confronted with barriers when they need to see a physician, and without adequate access, this causes missed appointments, delayed diagnoses and often worsening of existing health conditions,” said Lyft’s vice president of healthcare Megan Callahan, who was hired last year to lead the company’s growing healthcare businesses. “But states across the country, beginning with Arizona, are paving the way by providing ride-sharing as a transportation solution in their Medicaid programs,” Callhan said. “By modernizing the approach and improving access, we have the potential to impact nearly 65 million people — or one-fifth of the US population.

Lyft said it hopes to negotiate similar arrangements in other states and their Medicaid programs for poor Americans. “Too many Americans are confronted with barriers when they need to see a physician, and without adequate access, this causes missed appointments, delayed diagnoses and often worsening of existing health conditions,” said Lyft’s vice president of healthcare Megan Callahan, who was hired last year to lead the company’s growing healthcare businesses. “But states across the country, beginning with Arizona, are paving the way by providing ride-sharing as a transportation solution in their Medicaid programs,” Callhan said. “By modernizing the approach and improving access, we have the potential to impact nearly 65 million people — or one-fifth of the US population.

Arizona is among the 36 states plus the District of Columbia that adopted Medicaid expansion under the ACA with the remaining 14 states yet to adopt and some of them like North Carolina are making progress amid a changing political environment. “As more states look to update their Medicaid programs, Lyft’s national scale and network make us an effective and powerful partner,” Lyft said Wednesday. “Over the past three years, we have forged partnerships with leading companies in the healthcare ecosystem to provide affordable and reliable transportation for patients who need to get to and from medical appointments, the pharmacy, and fitness centers.

Arizona is among the 36 states plus the District of Columbia that adopted Medicaid expansion under the ACA with the remaining 14 states yet to adopt and some of them like North Carolina are making progress amid a changing political environment. “As more states look to update their Medicaid programs, Lyft’s national scale and network make us an effective and powerful partner,” Lyft said Wednesday. “Over the past three years, we have forged partnerships with leading companies in the healthcare ecosystem to provide affordable and reliable transportation for patients who need to get to and from medical appointments, the pharmacy, and fitness centers.

Lyft Wednesday said it’s now “an enrolled Medicaid provider in Arizona” after the state changed rules effective May 1 to allow “transportation network companies (also known as ‘rideshare’ companies) to register as non-emergency medical transportation providers,” the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System said earlier this year.

Lyft Wednesday said it’s now “an enrolled Medicaid provider in Arizona” after the state changed rules effective May 1 to allow “transportation network companies (also known as ‘rideshare’ companies) to register as non-emergency medical transportation providers,” the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System said earlier this year.

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