Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP)
What is MATP?
The Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) is a transportation service available to Medical Assistance (MA) consumers throughout Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) funds the MATP.
The MATP offers transportation to medical care or services from a MA provider. The MATP is required to provide the least costly, most appropriate transportation that will meet your needs.
You can use MATP transportation to get to any health care service that is paid for by Medical Assistance. That includes appointments with your doctor, dentist, psychologist or psychiatrist, drug and alcohol treatment clinics, or any other MA provider. You can also use the MATP to go to the pharmacy for prescriptions, to the hospital for tests, or to get to medical equipment suppliers.
You cannot use MATP for:
• emergency ambulance transportation
• non-medical trips such as for grocery shopping or for social activities
• medical care that is not covered by Medical Assistance
• VA Medical Centers
• WIC Appointments
Medical Transportation Services We Provide
Depending on where you are going and what your needs are, and the costs involved, we will provide you with transportation in one of the following ways:
• Shared ride program
• Lift-equipped vans
• Local bus services
• 65+ Shared ride program
If you have a car available, or if you know someone who has a car and who can take you to your medical appointments, you may be eligible for mileage reimbursement. If you are eligible, we will reimburse you at the current rate per mile as specified by DHS. We will also reimburse you for your actual parking expenses and tolls if you provide receipts showing how much you paid. Trip summary sheets are available to take with you to your appointments. Trips are reimbursed to the following counties: Allegheny, Westmoreland, Indiana, Jefferson, Clarion, and Butler. No trips more than 45 days old from the date that it is received here in our office will be reimbursed. Trip summary sheets can be mailed to our office or placed in the outside lock box.
How to Apply for MATP
Individuals of all ages may qualify for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) if the following requirements are met:
- Must be a resident of Armstrong County
- Have a valid Pennsylvania Medical Assistance/Insurance Card
- Have eligible program codes verified through MATP
The application process for adults 18 years of age and older begins with a request for an application from the MATP office. Applications for minors are also available upon request. Temporary residents or emergency situations may require a “30 day application”. During this 30 day period, if eligible, an application may be done by phone and you will be granted temporary transportation services. During this time, an application is sent out in the mail that is to be completed and returned to our office before the 30 days expires. If not completed within the 30 day period, transportation services will be suspended.
Do you need help applying? Our experienced MATP staff is available to help you with any questions you may have or to help you fill out your application. Applications can be mailed to you or an in-person appointment can be scheduled at our location.
To apply for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program, please contact us at the following phone numbers:
Office Numbers: 724-548-3408, Option # 2
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am-4 pm
Office Address: Armstrong County Community Action Agency
705 Butler Road
Kittanning, Pa. 16201