The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority offers Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) mileage reimbursement program to the transportation disadvantaged community: those persons, who because of physical or mental disability, income status, age, or who for other reasons are unable to transport themselves, or to purchase transportation, and are therefore dependent upon others to obtain access to healthcare. Participants must be residents of Inyo or Mono County.

General Program Eligibility

An NEMT applicant will be approved if he/she meets the following eligibility requirements. In all cases, the total circumstance of each applicant will be considered in making a determination of eligibility with the final and overriding intent being the necessity of the service when aiding local residents in obtaining transportation to access to healthcare.

The Program has been designed to be very simple.  In order to be eligible you would need to meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Must be Inyo or Mono County Resident
  • Must be receiving medical care from a medical facility
  • Cannot make the trip because of financial challenge  or
  • The applicant is not able to drive him/herself

Volunteer Drivers

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority does not recruit or maintain a volunteer driver pool or vehicles. It is the rider’ s responsibility to recruit their own volunteer driver. Passengers may recruit more than one volunteer driver.

  • Volunteer Drivers are required to sign a release from liability and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Eastern Sierra Transit Authority.
  • It is the Volunteer Driver’s individual responsibility to have a valid California’s Driver License, to carry the minimum motor vehicle insurance required by the State of California, and to abide by all laws and regulations.
  • Reimbursement payments are mailed to Riders for distribution to their Volunteer Driver.

Scheduling Trips

All trips are to be arranged between the passenger and the volunteer driver at mutually convenient times.

Mileage Reimbursement

The rate of reimbursement is currently 23.5 cents per mile. To be eligible for reimbursement, each one-way trip must begin or end in Inyo or Mono County. Reimbursement payments are mailed to Riders for distribution to their Volunteer Driver.

Following are the standard mileage allowances permitted:

  • 300 miles per one-way trip
  • 600 miles per round trip

Following are maximum and minimum monthly reimbursements for existing funding sources:

  • Maximum monthly reimbursement $750.00
  • Minimum reimbursement $10.00

Additional Information

For additional information and program form, please contact Jill Batchelder at 760-872-1901 Ext 11.