Democratic Senators Introduce Bills Addressing Ongoing MaineCare Ride Issues

Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 in News

by Andi Parkinson

The Health and Human Services Committee held public hearings in early January on two measures to fix the flawed MaineCare Rides system. Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson is sponsoring a bill, L.D. 1663 "Resolve, To Terminate a MaineCare Transportation Contract"to cancel the current contract with Coordinated Transportation Solutions (CTS), the least responsive transportation broker and the broker with the most egregious errors, and Senator Colleen Lachowicz is sponsoring a bill, LD 1636, “An Act to Provide a More Efficient and Reliable System of Nonemergency Transportation for MaineCare Members” to create a more reliable and efficient transportation system.

PPH reported in October that CTS had documented only 160 complaints for August when the company’s complaint line actually received 3,662 calls. Not only has CTS failed to meet the current terms of its contract, but they have requested additional funds, with no specifics as to how the money would be used.

Before the hearing, it was announced that the company’s contract will not be renewed by DHHS- Senator Jackson veered off of his prepared remarks to address his concerns regarding the now more urgent need for his bill’s swift passage.

Senator Colleen Lachowicz (D-Waterville) addressed the committee first:

 

 

Then it was Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash)’s turn:

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