Blue Cross, Lyft Team Up to Make Sure You Always Have a Ride to the Doctor

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If you’re sick, the last thing you want to deal with is figuring out how you’re going to get to your doctor’s appointment.

Even worse, missing a preventative care appointment because you can’t find a ride can be detrimental to your well-being.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has noticed that a lack of transportation in certain areas has created a barrier for those in need of non-emergency medical attention. Now it’s teaming up with Lyft to fix the problem.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Will Soon Offer Free Lyft Rides

Blue Cross Blue Shield reports that an estimated 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments due to a lack of reliable transportation.

To help, the insurer plans to offer some policyholders no-cost Lyft rides to medical appointments. According to CNN Tech, the free-ride pilot will start in August or September,.

Patients won’t be able to use the Lyft app to access free rides.

Patients will schedule their free rides through their doctor or BCBS, according to Forbes. An alert on their phone will notify the patient of their scheduled ride.

The program will be available with company-sponsored insurance plans, but BCBS is considering expanding it to those who have insurance through Medicare Advantage or the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

The free-ride pilot will begin in metropolitan and rural areas where public transportation is scarce. BCBS will announce specific details on the pilot markets later.

A statement from BCBS said that the partnership will be a “critical way to help make our communities stronger and families healthier.”

Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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