Transportation For Medical Appointments
Community Health Representatives (CHR) offer rides. Call the CHR well in advance to schedule a ride. If they cannot drive you, they will help you arrange other transportation.
Tribally-run ride services are offered by many communities. You will usually need to make an appointment in advance to schedule a ride.
To connect with a CHR or find out whether your community offers a ride service, visit the Indian Health Service (IHS) Albuquerque Area or Navajo Area website to find your local IHS or Tribal clinic and call them to ask.
Senior Centers often offer ride services. See the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department website for a directory of centers or call them at (800) 432-2080. Or see a list and map of ride services offered in some Pueblo and Navajo communities.
Medicaid plans offer transportation services to get you to and from your medically-necessary, non-emergency medical appointments. Most services require you to make an appointment several days in advance and may only cover transportation to medical services covered by your insurance. Some MedicaidA joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. plans will reimburse you or a family member for transportation costs, including gas and bus fares, and meals and lodging if travel overnight is necessary. Call the number on the back of your health insuranceA type of insurance that pays for some or all of your medical expenses.
card or check your health insurance provider’s website or the Member HandbookThe handbook you receive when you sign up for a health insurance plan. It includes information on what providers are in your network, what benefits are covered, and how much they will cost. to see what transportation is covered by your plan.
Private health insurance plans may cover transportation for non-emergency, medically-necessary services. To find out what kind of transportation is covered by your health plan and how to get it, call the number on the back of your health insurance card or check your health insurance provider’s website or the Member Handbook.
For more help using health insurance to pay for transportation, see our page about Using Your Health Insurance.
Public Transportation Options
Traveling across New Mexico? The Greyhound travels from Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clayton, Clovis, Deming, Gallup, Grants, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, Portales, Raton, Roswell, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, and Tucumcari. See their website or call (800) 231-2222 for more information.