In response to the article “Legislator takes walk to illustrate bus problem,” I want to make readers aware that the Louisiana Medicaid Program provides nonemergency medical transportation for recipients who do not have vehicles or other means of transportation to medical services. Furthermore, Medicaid coverage is available to all pregnant women with household income below 200 percent of the poverty level. Because of the importance of early prenatal care, DHH prioritizes the processing of these applications.
Whether a Medicaid or LaCHIP enrollee receives their health services through a Bayou Health Plan or our legacy Medicaid Program, they can arrange for medical transportation to appointments at the new Woman’s Hospital, which was the health-care facility highlighted in the article. If a Medicaid or LaCHIP recipient needs transportation to a medical appointment, they can contact their Bayou Health Plan or the First Transit Call Center at (800) 864-6034 for assistance in arranging for this service.
Additionally, since CATS is in the process of restructuring its operations, now is an opportune time for their management to engage with city, state and local health-care leaders and determine how to better match routes to frequently needed services. DHH stands ready to work with the Legislature and local officials to ensure continued access to health-care services in the Baton Rouge area.
Bruce D. Greenstein
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals