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Benefit for Transportation of Deceased Clients

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When the Benefit Is Available

The CSHCN Services Program can help pay for certain costs when a client passes away. In order to be able to get this benefit, the client must have passed away:

  1. While getting Program health-care benefits, and
  2. While in a facility that is not in the city or town where the family lives.

What Is Covered

This is what the Program can pay for:

  1. The cost of travel by one family member or other person who escorts the body.
  2. The cost of transporting the deceased from the facility to the place of burial (within Texas). This cost may include the following:
    • First Call Charge. (Maximum of $75) Removal of the body from the facility by the funeral home.
    • Coffin. (Maximum of $75) A coffin that meets minimum legal conditions. Updated 9/14/2009
    • Embalming. (Maximum $100) Airlines and rail systems require embalming.
      Note: Depending on distance, a body may be transported over land without being embalmed.
    • Land Travel. The Program can pay for:
      • One-way mileage based on the State Mileage Guide.
        Note: It is legal in Texas for the family to transport the body. If the family chooses to do this, the Program can pay the family the cost of mileage for that one-way trip.
      • A container or coffin, if one is used. (Please note that it is common for the body to be transported on a cot.)
    • Air Travel. The Program can pay for:
      • Transportation to the airport by the funeral home
      • An air tray provided by the funeral home
      • Airline transportation for the body (and the one family member or other person who escorts the body)
    • Rail Travel. The Program can pay for:
      • Transportation to the rail station by the funeral home
      • The container provided by the funeral home
      • Rail transportation for the body (and the one family member or other person who escorts the body).
    • Other types of travel. Contact the CSHCN Services Program at 1-800-252-8023.

What Is Not Covered

The Program cannot pay for:

  1. Cremation.
  2. Transportation of the ashes of a deceased client.

Reimbursement

Authorization is not required for transportation of deceased clients.

For reimbursement submit a CSHCN Services Program “Reimbursement Request for Transportation of the Remains of Deceased Clients” (PDF) form to the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP). (updated link 8/12/2010)

Consult Chapter 35 (PDF) of the 2010 CSHCN Services Program Provider Manual for more details. (updated link 8/12/2010) Or, look at the CSHCN Services Program Rules, Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §38.10 (6)(D), Payment of Services.


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Last updated July 22, 2014