A new transportation voucher program, Supports-for-Health, is being piloted in Cortland County thanks to funding from Care Compass Network’s Innovation Fund. Cortland County’s program is being administered locally by Seven Valleys Health Coalition under its Way2GoCortland program.
This program targets Medicaid recipients by providing a cost-free ride for such services as:
· Getting a prescription at a pharmacy
· Buying groceries
· Attending a wellness program to battle chronic disease
· Getting to DSS services
These are rides that are typically not covered under the Medicaid Transportation Benefit. The goals of the program are to reduce hospitalizations or readmissions for high-risk patients, while introducing people to low cost services and transportation resources that they can use beyond the duration of the grant. Statistics will be kept to assess effective interventions for replication and continuation.
Seven Valleys’ local partners include:
· Cortland Regional Medical Center
· Access to Independence, Catholic Charities
These heath care providers and select community based organizations now have this new resource for referrals to local transportation services that can help high-risk Medicaid recipients. Call your representative at one of the above agencies for assistance in getting a ride. You can also dial 2-1-1 and ask for the Cortland County representative for the Supports for Health Program.