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For the child with special healthcare needs, arranging for safe and reliable transportation and making special preparations before travel can present some unique challenges. The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides resources for safe transportation to medical appointments.
For the child with special healthcare needs, it can sometimes be a challenge just getting to doctor visits. However, transportation to and from medical appointments can be funded by private insurance or Medicaid when medically indicated. When determining the type of transportation required by a child with special health needs, it is important to consider multiple issues, including:
Non-emergency Medical Transportation services are available through the Human Service Transportation Delivery (HSTD) program, which is a regional system. Depending on a member's medical needs, transportation is provided by taxi, van, bus or public transit. Wheelchair service is also provided if required by medical necessity. To find your regional broker, check the HSTD Brokerage Listing. Medical transportation can be reserved 72 hours in advance by calling the HSTD Brokerage at 1-800-245-2826 and up to 30 days in advance. Specify if specialized transportation is needed, such as a lift van.
Wellcare - Northern Kentucky Medicaid offers transportation to plan-approved health care providers in network through LKLP. There is no limit on trips as long as the appointment is covered by Medicaid. Call 1-800-245-2826.
Purchasing and modifying a car or van is an involved process. Since vehicle modifications can be expensive, it is well worth your time to be prepared and to research all options:
Information on modifications and wheelchair accessible vans, including adapted equipment and financing, is available from the following resources:
Air transportation services for children with special health care needs are available from the following organizations:
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