NeedyMeds has information on programs that provide financial assistance for travel-related costs and render transportation services to individuals with disabilities diagnosed with a specific condition, as well as veterans and seniors who do not have available and reliable transportation.
There are various private- or government-funded organizations offering programs that help with costs associated with transportation for individuals with specific diagnoses or conditions that have no other means to pay. These programs provide trips to and from scheduled medical appointments, return trips from hospital emergency rooms, transfers between hospitals, trips to the pharmacy, rides to your local grocery store, family events, etc. Besides helping with costs, these programs also remove transportation barriers, prevent missed medical appointments, provide stretcher, wheelchair, walk-on and door-to-door transportation assistance. Some services are free of charge. Others are covered by your medical insurance or accept private pay. Most programs have some type of eligibility requirements, usually financial ones. Some cover one specific diagnosis, while others cover an entire category (such as all types of cancers) or even all chronic medical illnesses.
The most common types of transportation services available include, but are not limited to: medical shuttle, paratransit (available where public transportation is not), public transportation (passes/tokens), taxi, wheelchair van or accessible vehicle, commercial bus and air travel, Uber and Lyft services, ferry tickets, gas vouchers, client and volunteer mileage reimbursement.
These programs may also cover many types of expenses, including drugs, insurance co-pays, office visits, transportation, nutrition, medical supplies, child or respite care.
Users can search for the type of Medical Transportation assistance they are seeking by: