Section 1: Get to know the Medical Transportation Program

Get to know the Medical Transportation Program

HHSC’s Medical Transportation Program (MTP) provides free rides in Texas to eligible patients who have no other means to get to a scheduled medically necessary health-care checkup or exam covered by Medicaid.

Free rides are also available when a patient needs to get to another Medicaid provider, such as a drug store.

MTP services are available to:

  • Children and youth birth through 20 years who are enrolled in Texas Health Steps.
  • Individuals enrolled in the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program and other eligible state programs.
  • Most others who are eligible for Medicaid medical and dental services.

Patients are not eligible for MTP if they:

  • Require transport by ambulance, whether emergency or non-emergency.
  • Receive direct payment from another facility or program for transportation to health-related services.
    • Examples include transportation to or from a day activity health services facility, personal care home, state institution, nursing facility, or facility participating in another Title 19 Program (Medicaid) for which reimbursement includes transportation funds.
  • Are in an inpatient health-care facility.

Fast Fact

MTP services are available only when a patient requires transportation for a scheduled medically necessary health-care service that is covered by Medicaid. Texas Health Steps periodic medical and dental checkups and diagnostic and treatment services qualify for MTP services.