Medical Assistance Transportation Program
The Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) is a transportation service available to Medical Assistance consumers in Westmoreland County. MATP is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. GO Westmoreland provides MATP service in Westmoreland County.
Our program offers transportation or mileage reimbursement to help you get to medical care or services from a Medical Assistance provider.GO is required to provide you with the least costly, most appropriate transportation service available that will meet your needs.
You can use MATP services to go to most medical appointments that Medical Assistance pays for. These medical services include therapies, tests, dental visits, trips to the pharmacy to get prescriptions, mental health treatment, drug & alcohol treatment, and trips to medical equipment suppliers.
You cannot use MATP:
- If you need emergency ambulance transportation.
- For non-medical trips such as grocery shopping or for social activities.
- To obtain medical care that is not covered byMedical Assistance.
How to Contact Us
Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
We can be reached at 724-832-2706.
What Services Do We Provide?
Depending on where you are going, what your needs are, and the costs involved, GO can provide you with transportation in one of the following ways:
- Public Fixed-Route Bus
- Mileage Reimbursement
- Shared-Ride Paratransit Service
If you have questions regarding the transportation options available to you, please contact our office at 724-832-2706.
If you have a car available, or if you know someone who has a car and who can take you to your medical appointments, GO will provide you mileage reimbursement if it is the least costly and most appropriate service available. GO will reimburse you at the rate of 25¢ per mile. GO will also reimburse you for your actual parking expenses and tolls if you provide receipts showing how much you paid.
If you want to claim mileage reimbursement for your trip, you must properly complete your mileage reimbursement forms and return them to our office within 30 calendar days of the date of service. GO will provide you with the proper forms. They are also available at the bottom of this page. You must tell us how far you traveled and whether you had any parking or toll costs, and have the medical provider sign to verify that you were there. A properly completed mileage reimbursement form must be turned in to GO within 30 calendar days of the date of service. Incomplete, illegible,or late forms will result in delayed or denied payment. We will reimburse you within 2 weeks of receiving your completed forms.
When Can You Travel?
Our days and hours of service are as follows:
Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM
GO will provide transportation to and from qualified Medicaid enrolled providers who are generally available and used by other members of the community or locality in which you are located.
Scheduling a Trip
Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
All regular paratransit trips require advance reservation. You may schedule a trip as far ahead as two weeks in advance. The latest that you can call to arrange a ride for the next day is at least one business day in advance before 12:00 PM. For trips on Saturday or Monday, the latest you can call to arrange a ride is Friday before 12:00 PM.
The reservationist will give you a ½ hour pick-up window. Please be ready and waiting for the vehicle.
Information Needed to Schedule a Trip
- Your name as it appears on your application.
- The day and time you would like to travel.
- The estimated duration of your appointment.
- The exact street address for the trip you are requesting.
- Notes about special entrances to your building.
- Any change of address or phone number.
- Any special vehicle requirements.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Guidelines
Riders must be ready for pick-up 15 minutes before or after the scheduled time. Please allow for this time range when you schedule your trip.Drivers will only wait 5 minutes within the ½hour window.
Where Can You Go With MATP?
GO will provide transportation to and from qualified Medicaid enrolled providers who are generally available and used by other members of the community or locality in which you are located. Please note that GO will not provide trips that are less than ¼ mile.
Pharmacy—Transportation shall only be provided to a choice of 2 pharmacies closest to your residence or closest to your prescribing physician’s visit (if the prescription is being picked up in route from the office).Only one round-trip is permitted to the pharmacy per day.
Methadone Treatment— Pennsylvania law requires that transportation only be provided to the closest in-network methadone treatment program to your residence. You may request an exception. Specific conditions for granting an exception are prescribed by law.
Urgent Care Transportation
At some point you may need transportation on short notice for an urgent care matter. Urgent care includes any situation where your medical provider has told you that you need to come to their office, or to obtain some other medical treatment or service, that same day or within the next 24 hours. GO has a process for responding to any urgent care requests and will make every effort to help you get the medical care you need.
If you need transportation for an urgent care matter, you should call GO immediately. We require written verification from the medical provider at the time of the trip. MATP defines urgent care as any illness or severe condition which under reasonable standards of medical practice would be diagnosed and treated within a 24-hour period and if left untreated, could rapidly become a crisis or emergency situation.
GO staff will answer the urgent care telephone line from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. After these hours, calls will be forwarded to an urgent care voice mailbox. After a message is received, a staff member will contact you to make the necessary transportation arrangements.
You may bring someone with you as an escort at no cost to you in the following situations:
- If you are under 18, you can be escorted by a parent or other relative/guardian.
- If you are under the age of 13, your parent, legal guardian, or other adult with parental authority must accompany you on your trip.
- If you cannot travel independently, or you need any assistance due to age, illness, physical or mental disability. A physician or other medical provider must verify in advance that you require an escort.
- If you do not speak English, you can bring someone with you to interpret.
GO Westmoreland has the right and responsibility to sanction passengers for inappropriate behavior.
A no-show is defined as any scheduled trip that is not taken or canceled within the required time frame.
You will be considered a no show in the following situations:
- If you do not call GO at least one hour prior to your scheduled pick-up time to cancel your ride
- If you are not present at the designated pick-up site when the driver arrives
If you accumulate 3 no-shows within a 12 month period, your routine rides may be cancelled and you will not be able to reserve transportation until the day before your appointment.
Passenger Code of Conduct
GO Westmoreland reserves the right to suspend your transportation services. The following behaviors will not be tolerated:
- Loud, boisterous and/or obscene or offensive language
- Disruptive behavior or any behavior that jeopardizes the safety of any occupant of the vehicle
- Being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances
- Violations of moving vehicle safety requirements or leaving the vehicle before the designated drop-off point
- Implied threats or physical action, either verbal or with weapons, toward other passengers, drivers, or administrative staff
- Property damage or threat of damage to the vehicle and/or equipment.
If you have a complaint about our services, about how you were treated by our staff or a driver, or about our policies and procedures, please tell us. We will record your complaint, investigate it and respond to you.
Complaints may be made in writing, or verbally on the GO Westmoreland Comment Line at 724-832-2706.
To get started with online scheduling, call us at 724-832-2706 and ask your Reservationist to help you get registered. Riders must have an email address and provide us with a username to enroll.
Click here to learn more: Online Scheduling Tutorial