Arizona launches initiative easing access to COVID-19 vaccine sites for vulnerable individuals

Governor Doug Ducey and AHCCCS, Arizona’s state Medicaid agency, have launched a first-in-the-nation initiative that will make it easier for Medicaid members to get transportation to drive-through COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Starting this week, AHCCCS will reimburse non-emergency medical transportation providers for driving eligible Medicaid members to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments, including reimbursement for time spent waiting during the drive-through vaccination process. This is possible thanks to a temporary rate change that will cover the cost of transportation for eligible members who have appointments at drive-through vaccination sites. AHCCCS is also in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health to train and equip additional staff as vaccine navigators to assist Medicaid members with scheduling vaccine appointments.     


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