Lyft today announced its approval to become an enrolled Medicaid provider in Arizona. What that means is that the ride-sharing company can now provide non-emergency rides To Medicaid patients in the state. The company says that it’s also looking to expand this service to other states across the country.
For eligible patients, this means that they can access a covered transportation option in order to go to and come from medical appointments. This should result in fewer missed appointments and delayed diagnoses due to non-availability of adequate transport.
Lyft worked closely for this with Arizona’s Medicaid agency in order to fill the healthcare transportation gap in the state. Approximately 23 percent of the population in Arizona is enrolled in Medicaid. So this partnership between the company and the state has the potential to significantly impact the lives of many people.
The company also points out in its blog post that more states are now beginning to add ridesharing as a covered transportation option under Medicaid. Florida and Texas are two states which have made similar laws in recent months. Lyft says that it looks forward to working with more states in order to extend this service to millions more across the United States.