2019 Session: Certain Arkansas Medicaid recipients could Uber to doctor

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Certain Medicaid recipients in the Natural State could soon use Uber and other rideshare companies to get to their doctor.

A bill that would allow the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to start a pilot program in central Arkansas cleared its first hurdle Thursday, after its sponsor, St. Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Clarksville, amended it.

The legislation would authorize Medicaid to reimburse rideshares approved by the state. The federal government enables the same thing for Medicare.

Uber was the only company that came up during the House Public Health Committee meeting.

Under the bill, Medicaid recipients would not be able to use rideshares to see out-of-state doctors.

DHS plans to use the pilot program to see if rideshares would be cheaper than the contracts the agency currently has.

The measure now heads to the full House. 

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