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Legislature Requests Assistance to Seek State Reform on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

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Legislature Requests Assistance to Seek State Reform on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Expressing deep concern about the effects that a change in State Department of Health policy on non-emergency medical transportation has had on Tompkins County’s GADABOUT Transportation Services and other upstate demand response transit providers, the Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, is asking the State to consider the public benefit of such services. It requests that organizations including the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) advocate on behalf of Upstate counties and residents to work with the State to reform the current delivery of Medicaid transportation and adequately support community transportation services. 

The Legislature notes that since the Department of Health last year began centralized scheduling of non-emergency medical transportation trips (usually via taxi), providers, including GADABOUT, have experienced “an immediate and continuing decline in ridership and revenue,” and that Tioga County’s entire public transportation system ceased to operate as a result of this change.