You may be eligible for transportation services if you have a current Medical Assistance Identification Card that you use to pay for your healthcare and you have no other way to get to and from your healthcare appointments. Healthcare appointments must be for services allowed by your medical program.
To get a ride, please telephone our Call Center. We will ask you some questions to see if you are eligible for our services.
Our Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Here are the numbers to call to ask about eligibility or to schedule a ride: You can also contact us by fax.
Voice: (509) 534-9760 (local)
Telephone interpretation is available for all non-English language callers.
You should call us for a ride at least two business days before your appointment. We recommend that you call us at least 7-14 days ahead of your healthcare appointment to get a ride. We will accept requests up to a month in advance of your appointment. The more notice you give us about your need for a ride, the more likely it will be for us to arrange transportation for you.
- Your DSHS Medical Assistance ID Card
- Your complete pickup address
- The name, address, and phone number of your medical provider
- Your appointment time and date
- The type of healthcare appointment you will go to (i.e. dialysis, dental, etc.)
- Your return time, if known
Please also be ready to tell us about your special transportation needs. Do you use a wheelchair or walker? Do you have a personal care attendant? Will you use an oxygen tank during your ride? Do you travel with a service animal?
We will arrange appropriate transportation for you that is the least costly way to get to your appointment. We might give you a pass or token to take a bus to your appointment. We might pay for a taxi, or if you have a car, we might pay for your gas.
Here are some of the ways you might be transported to your appointment:
- Public transit tickets and passes
- Fuel vouchers and mileage reimbursement
- Volunteer drivers
- Taxi cab
- Wheelchair accessible van
- Train or intercity bus
You can visit the Transportation FAQ page to get more information about our transportation services.
In addition, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services website contains more information about the Medicaid transportation program. Their website can also help you find out how to contact agencies that serve other parts of the state.