Having health coverage is not enough if you cannot access your medical providers. In this in-depth look at transportation challenges in Riverside County, the Desert Sun examines about the variety of barriers that prevent people from getting the care they need: transportation, cost, childcare, and more.
“Health care for people in low-income communities is a challenge exacerbated by a lack of reliable transportation. In rural areas like Blythe and the unincorporated communities in the eastern Coachella Valley, residents will delay care because they lack an affordable, reliable means of travel.”
If you live are having transportation issues, contact the Health Consumer Alliance to get information and assistance with your options at 888‑804‑3536.
For more information, you can also read Western Center on Law & Poverty’s Practice Tip about transportation for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and a new law that took effect on July 1, 2017.