The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri received a MoDot 5310 grant from Missouri Department of Transportation to improve health outcomes by reducing transportation barriers.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 2010-2013 Rural Health Plan identifies transportation as a limiting factor in a community’s ability to address health and quality of life. “Rural communities have limited resources for addressing problems and barriers…transportation problems also limit the ability of rural communities to work together to meet the needs of widely dispersed residents…the most frequently identified barriers were: accessible and affordable public transportation...and depressed economy. For low income individuals and families, and often for the aging, transportation becomes an even more significant issue.
To this end, HCC has added a new mobility management assistant to our current HealthTran program. The primary focus of the new staff will be to coordinate rides among safety net providers, social service agencies and government resources in rural West Central Missouri. HCC will match these dollars with current federal funds through the Bureau of Primary Care (HRSA) as well as agency funds.
West Central Missouri HealthTran, a non-government transportation assistance program, will continue to develop and implement a coordinated model of delivery to eliminate health care barriers by providing transportation assistance. HCC’s community partnerships will expand to include OATS and Direct Transit (Ray County Transportation). HCC expects the majority of individual receiving rides will be under 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Patients with access to Medicaid, non-emergency transportation, veterans' transportation assistance, or others who have access or can afford transportation are usually considered ineligible for the service due to limited funding.
Implementation for this program has just begun with additional information forthcoming. HCC's Bob Vickers has been hired as the transportation coordinator and will be working with local transportation contractors.
For more information, contact Suzanne Smith, direct of network development, or Bob Vickers, network development coordinator, at 660.259.2440.