Serving patients across all of Iowa
Welcome to the Modivcare Member website for Iowa. Currently this site hosts information for members about how to get a ride if they have no other way to get a ride. The forms on this site are stored in PDF format. Your computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed for you to be able to read and print the forms. If you do not have a copy of Adobe Acrobat, you can download it for free at www.get.adobe.com/reader.
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Who can get a ride to medical appointments from Modivcare?
Individuals who reside in Iowa and have a non-emergency transportation benefit through Amerigroup. A Modivcare representative can assist you in determining if you have this benefit.
Who cannot get a ride to medical appointments from Modivcare?
Individuals who do not reside in Iowa or have a non-emergency transportation benefit through Amerigroup. A Modivcare representative can assist you in determining if you have this benefit.
How much notice is needed to book a reservation?
Two business days (48 hours) notice prior to the scheduled appointment is necessary. (Example: Call on Monday for a Wednesday appointment.) Modivcare accepts reservations up to 30 days in advance. For any trip request with less than the two business days’ notice, Modivcare will need to obtain confirmation from the treating facility that the appointment is of an urgent (not emergent) nature and cannot be rescheduled. Dialysis and wound care are examples of medically urgent appointments that should not be rescheduled. Modivcare needs at least one (1) hour notice for mileage reimbursement requests.
What area does Modivcare facilitate transport?
In the State of Iowa, Modivcare is contracted to arrange transport for Amerigroup members for medical appointments and HCBS Waiver trips. Modivcare arranges transportation in all 99 counties in Iowa.
How long is a driver expected to wait at the designated pick up location?
You should be ready fifteen (15) minutes before the agreed pick up time. The vehicle is considered on time if it arrives fifteen (15) minutes before or fifteen (15) minutes after the designated pick up time. The driver is required to wait up to fifteen (15) minutes after arrival before leaving.
What if I have an urgent or same day trip?
Urgent or same day trips can be booked through Modivcare. Trips scheduled on the same day of the requested appointment are required to have conditions verified through the facility as urgent, such as when a physician is requiring you to be seen the same day. These trips should be booked by calling the reservation numbers under question one, and transportation could take up to 3 hours to be arranged. In situations where a condition requires immediate medical attention or constitutes an emergency medical event, you should call local emergency services (911) for transportation by ambulance.
What if my appointment is cancelled?
If your appointment is cancelled, notify Modivcare as soon as possible. We prefer at least 24 hour advance notice when possible. This will prevent unnecessary trips for local transportation providers.
What if I have an emergency trip?
Emergency ambulance trips are not arranged through Modivcare. If a medical emergency ambulance trip is needed, call 911.
What are examples of emergencies?
Sudden life threatening medical situations, significant trauma, comas, shock, uncontrolled bleeding, respiratory distress, poisoning, drug overdose, and any situation where immediate medical relief or treatment is necessary are all examples of medical emergencies.
What levels of service are covered through Modivcare for the NEMT program in Iowa?
The level of service describes the type of service needed to transport you to a medical service. You can travel by one of several levels of service based on your physical needs. See below:
- Mass Transit – Where available and suitable for your physical condition. Modivcare will provide mass transit tickets or passes for riders traveling near a bus route.
- Ambulatory – Where you are able to walk on your own or with the assistance of a walker or cane and are able to be picked up and dropped off. This is a curb-to-curb transportation. There will be no escort or attendant provided by Modivcare. If you need an escort, please inform Modivcare at the time you call in your reservation that you will have an escort with you. Transportation of an escort is at no additional charge.
- Wheelchair – Where you are confined to a wheelchair and, due to either physical weakness or mental impairment, you must travel with your own wheelchair. Transportation with a wheelchair accessible vehicle will be provided. If you need an escort, please inform Modivcare at the time you call in your reservation that you will have an escort with you. Wheelchairs are not provided by Modivcare or their providers. Transportation of an escort is at no additional charge.
Can a driver come into my residence and assist me out to the vehicle?
Drivers cannot come into your home, lift passengers, or take wheelchairs up and down stairs. Modivcare coordinates curb to curb service in the State of Iowa.
Can I ask for a preferred transportation provider?
Yes, if you have a transportation provider you prefer, please mention this when scheduling your trip. Modivcare will note the request on the trip and will do everything we can to honor your request, depending on availability of the transportation provider and/or if the preferred provider is a participant in our network. Even though the request will be documented, trip assignment will be based on routing criteria that includes provider compliance. We do not guarantee that a preferred provider will be assigned based upon a request.
If you are an HCBS Waiver member and have a transportation provider specified under you care plan, you should notify the representative at the time of scheduling.