FLORIDA – New Legislation enables Lyft to provide Transportation Services to Medicaid Beneficiaries

FLORIDA – New Legislation enables Lyft to provide Transportation Services to Medicaid Beneficiaries

Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services

Florida House Bill 411 by Rep. Perez (R-Miami)/SB 302 by Sen. Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) authorize certain nonemergency medical transportation services, such as visits to doctor appointments, to be provided to Medicaid recipients by transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft. Under the bills, ride-sharing apps could contract with managed care providers who then would use Medicaid funding to pay for the rides.

The bill provides that transportation network company drivers and prospective drivers must undergo a Level I background screening pursuant to s. 435.03, F.S., or functionally equivalent procedures, as determined by AHCA. By October 1, 2019, AHCA is directed to update any regulations, policies, and other guidance, including the Non-Emergency Transportation Services Coverage Policy handbook, as necessary, to reflect the bill’s authorizations.

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