On August 21, 2018, the federal Medicaid program approved California’s state plan amendment (SPA 17-017) to add non-medical transportation (NMT) as a fee-for-service (FFS) benefit. The approval was retroactive to July 1, 2018. By the end of October 2018, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), which oversees the state Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, intends to send a beneficiary notice to all eligible FFS beneficiaries to inform them of this new benefit. NMT is round-trip transportation by private or public vehicle for Medicaid beneficiaries who do not have another way to get to . . .
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