COVID-19 Medi-Cal transportation

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has waived the requirement for a prescription from a provider for beneficiaries to be able to use non-emergency medical transportation.  A Treatment Authorization Request (TAR) is still required for non-emergency medical transportation.   Providers are instructed to state “Patient impacted by COVID-19” on the TAR.

Ambulance transportation may temporarily include any destination that can provide treatment to the patient in a manner consistent with state and local Emergency Medical Services protocols. (DHCS Letter, April 22, 2020.)