However, for providers in the NEMT space, the CARES Act did not provide any special consideration or benefits. Despite this, there are still a few components where the passed relief and assistance programs could benefit NEMT providers:
Outlined below are selected relief assistance programs available under the CARES Act that could applicable/of interest to our NEMT members.
CTAA acknowledges that while the provisions and relief opportunities above may be applicable, they do not provide the scale of support that other transportation providers saw within the CARES Act. Part of this is due to the fact that Medicaid itself was largely left unaddressed within the CARES Act. There has already been rumors of a Part IV bill that would potentially provide additional funding directly to states to support their pandemic responses. This is where CTAA sees flexibility and support for NEMT being included. While this bill is still a ways off, both the House and Senate have adjourned for the time being, CTAA is already working with our partners to draft ideas and come up with ways that we can advocate for increased support for our NEMT members.
In the meantime, as we await clearer guidance and support for NEMT, CTAA recommends looking into the guidance available for EMS providers. While NEMT providers are not the same as EMS, many NEMT providers are currently driving high-risk, and/or potentially positive patients, and therefore the guidance for transporting patients made available to EMS providers may be able to offer helpful information. There is a new COVID-19 resource page on EMS.gov provides easy to find links to the most relevant and up-to-date information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NHTSA Office of EMS and other Federal agencies involved in the response to the pandemic. This includes guidance for treating potential COVID-19 patients, information on PPE use and supplies and processes for handling healthcare providers who have been exposed to coronavirus. In addition, materials such as the ASPR EMS Infectious Disease playbook, the IOM Crisis Standards of Care framework and the NHTSA EMS Pandemic Guidelines are all available for download.
CTAA is currently drafting additional content specifically for our NEMT members. If you are an NEMT member and have questions, concerns, or would like to share how COVID-19 is impacting your services, please reach out to CTAA’s Health Care and Transportation Specialist, Alex King at email@example.com.
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