Uber is now offering millions of Texans on Medicaid rides to and from non-emergency medical appointments.
Uber Health, the company’s health care division, launched the service officially this week thanks to a law the company helped pass in the 2019 legislative session. Uber worked with now-Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Dade Phelan to pass legislation allowing ride-sharing companies to utilize the Medicaid program.
Uber says that rides for Medicaid enrollees will be priced the same as the company’s UberX service, and the health systems providing care can schedule transportation on a dashboard. It can also streamline those providers’ payments by combining charges for Medicaid patients into a single monthly bill.