Each year, millions of Americans face transportation barriers that prevent them from accessing the medical services they need to heal and thrive. As a result, these individuals may struggle to prevent or manage serious health conditions, resulting in worsening health outcomes and rising health care costs. Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) plays a key role in addressing these barriers. However, successful delivery of NEMT services can be uniquely challenging. As a result, states have taken a variety of approaches to NEMT, ranging from developing innovative partnerships to restricting or partially eliminating NEMT services.  

This web forum will walk participants through the highlights from all four resources in the new series from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer: Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Past, Present, and Future of a Critical Service. We will begin with an overview of NEMT and its impact on the lives of low-income Americans, briefly discuss current challenges in NEMT delivery and looming threats to access, and end with a deep discussion of strategies for developing a comprehensive response to transportation barriers.

Registration is free and captioning will be available to all attendees. This event is recommended for individuals and organizations interested in addressing the transportation barriers that prevent vulnerable populations from accessing health care services. Health care-focused advocacy organizations, public health professionals, health care providers, community-based organizations serving low-income and/or chronically ill populations, and Medicaid participants may particularly benefit from this web forum.

Presenters

Maureen Rigney, LICSW

Director, Support Initiatives

G02 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Washington, DC

Maureen Rigney is a licensed clinical social worker with GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, formerly Lung Cancer Alliance. Currently Director of Support Initiatives, Maureen has worked in a variety of capacities at the organization since 2005. Maureen got her Master’s of Social Work Degree at Jane Addams College of Social…

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Katie Garfield, JD

Staff Attorney, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Katie Garfield is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Katie joined the Center in 2014 and currently focuses her work on the Center’s Whole Person Care initiatives, which seek to ensure access to services that address social determinants of health…

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Darcy Doege, RN

Program Coordinator, Lung B.A.S.E.S. 4 Life Program

Atrium Health

Charlotte, NC

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Moderator

Katie Garfield, JD

Staff Attorney, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Katie Garfield is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Katie joined the Center in 2014 and currently focuses her work on the Center’s Whole Person Care initiatives, which seek to ensure access to services that address social determinants of health…

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