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Sanchez Takes Pride in her Job
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Renee Sanchez is very devoted to her job driving for Medride. Medride is Southern Colorado's leading and fastest growing Non-Emergency Transportation Service. This service is available to any Colorado Medicaid patient who does not have transportation to and from non-emergency medical appointments or services. Sanchez started driving for Medride in December of 2018 and puts in 40-60 hours a week, covering the greater portion of Southern Colorado.

" It is not just an eight to five job," Sanchez says. "Sometimes the drivers start at one or two in the morning and aren't finished until the last client is delivered back home, which can sometimes be midnight. The rides are available seven days a week."

Going into a little more detail about the service, Sanchez explained that there are a lot of people who have medical issues and can't drive themselves to appointments, don't have a vehicle, may be having treatment done that they can't drive afterwards, or are being admitted to or released from the hospital. They are able to use the Medride service. It is a free service, Medicaid pays for all of it, people just have to fill out the paperwork to qualify and then schedule the rides two to three days in advance. Riders are also allowed to have spouses, caretakers, parents, etc. ride along with them. Rides are available to all services that Medicaid pays for, including dental, vision, counseling, all non-emergency medical appointments. Forms to qualify for the service can be requested through a doctor or obtained on the website. Medride is available in the following Colorado counties: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, and Pueblo.

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