AtlantiCare receives $50K from Horizon BCBS for patient ridesharing program

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey awarded a $50,000 grant to AtlantiCare to fund a pilot project providing non-emergency medical transportation to the Atlantic City, N.J.-based health system's eligible patients.

The AtlantiCare Foundation's Greatest Community Needs Fund matched Horizon's donation, which was provided through its charitable arm, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. The organizations partnered with the Atlantic City Community Fund to launch the service, which is free for patients deemed by the state attorney general's office to lack adequate transportation and financial resources.

The grants funded the purchase of Roundtrip software, through which care teams can coordinate transportation through rideshare companies or private medical transportation companies. The service can be used for transport to and from any AtlantiCare facility in the city and any specialists within 25 miles. Patients can also use Roundtrip to pick up medical supplies and other care items within the coverage radius.

"We know that for many Atlantic City residents, transportation is a significant barrier to care," said Sandy Festa, executive director of Atlantic City-based AtlantiCare HealthPlex. "Many of our patients miss specialty care appointments — or don't even make the appointments — because they don't have reliable transportation. … This program is one way we address that need."

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