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Medicaid planning: Lyft allowed to transport Medicaid recipients

The increased care needs of senior citizens are something that many families have to deal with. It can be difficult to ensure that older people's needs are properly met. Careful consideration of Medicaid planning can mean a huge difference for elders who may not be able to take care of themselves the way that they used to do. Fortunately, there are also modern solutions for these problems. Florida recently passed a law that will allow the rideshare company Lyft to provide Medicaid beneficiaries with transportation.

Lyft will now be allowed to provide nonemergency transportation to Medicaid recipients. Since seniors are frequently in need of transpiration, but not always able to drive themselves, this measure will make a significant difference in their ability to access needed medical care. Senator Jeff Brandes, who sponsored the bill, hopes that it will provide a lower-cost option those who have difficulty paying for both transportation and health care.

Supporters say that taxpayers will save money with this measure as well. A similar program is already in place in other areas and lawmakers are hopeful that Florida will see a similar benefit. Other options for transportation aren't always available on demand like Lyft. More vulnerable portions of the population, like seniors, deserve every chance to have affordable options.

Though a program like this has obvious benefits, it also shows just how important it is to ensure that senior citizens and their families consider options for long term or disability care. Medicaid planning is a way for a person to avoid financial problems that sometimes come when the need for care arises in a senior's life. An experienced elder law attorney can help a family determine the best course of action in planning for the future.

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