AHCCCS, Arizona's Medicaid agency, helping provide rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Posted at 2:00 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 16:00:46-05

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KGUN) — State officials have announced a first-in-the-nation approach to helping vulnerable individuals more easily get vaccinated against coronavirus.

"Beginning (Monday, Feb. 22), AHCCCS will reimburse non-emergency medical transportation providers for driving eligible Medicaid members to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments, including reimbursement for time spent waiting during the drive-through vaccination process," officials said Monday.

AHCCCS, Arizona's state Medicaid agency, serves approximately 30% of Arizonans. Eligible members can schedule non-emergency transportation to attend scheduled vaccine appointments through their health plan.

In addition, AHCCCS and the Arizona Department of Health Services are collaborating to train additional staff to help Medicaid members navigate the entire vaccination process.

The agency is also working to provide COVID-19 vaccines to more people in congregate care settings, including those with disabilities.

For more vaccine and coronavirus information, go online or call 1-844-542-8201 to get more assistance.

Arizona’s four state-run vaccination sites are serving individuals in Phase 1B Priority, including individuals age 65 or older, education and childcare workers, protective services occupations, and anyone in Phase 1A. County-run sites may serve different phases depending on availability.

For more information about AHCCCS and the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.