Bridging the Gap in Rural Transportation
HCC Rides, formerly a partner of Missouri Rural Health Association’s HealthTran, is an innovative transportation program bridging the gap in public health access. The program, launched by HCC Network, serves patients in Lafayette County, offering rides to and from their primary care, dental, and behavioral health appointments. HCC Rides will expand to Ray, Carroll, Saline, and Eastern Jackson Counties.
Along with appointments, Riders may request pharmacy stops to drop off prescriptions or pick up medication. Patients undergoing dialysis, chemotherapy, and other treatments, or patients who feel too sick to drive, may also utilize HCC Rides. Additionally, while HCC Rides focuses on health and wellness appointments, the program will expand to grocery store trips as a part of HCC’s promotion of healthy eating.
How It Works
HCC Rides uses Assisted Rides, an app which provides a rideshare-like experience by notifying drivers of nearby rides and connecting them to patients. If a ride is not immediately picked up by a driver, HCC staff will alert available drivers.
- Must be 21+.
- Clear background check.
- Pass drug screening.
- Pass vehicle inspection.
- Must complete HCC Rides training.
At this time, there are no guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Drivers are reimbursed $0.80 per mile there is a patient in the car and are paid every two weeks. When the program starts, there will be no costs for passengers. However, that may change down the road.
Volunteer drivers, in their own vehicles, will supplement HCC’s two new Ford Escapes which will be driven by employees. Each of HCC’s vehicles will transport two to three passengers in case multiple people travel together.
HCC Network will help guide riders and volunteer drivers every step of the way as they navigate HCC Rides. For more information, including becoming a volunteer driver, contact Program Coordinator Melissa Smith at 816.408.9263.