Lawmakers look to delay change that would affect how people get to medical appointments

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Lawmakers are urging state officials to delay a plan that would change the state’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program.

For folks with no way to get to medical appointments, the program provides shared rides. But, the plan is to mandate that those services go through statewide or regional vendors rather than local providers as a way to save money.

Lawmakers are now pushing a pair of bills in the House and Senate that would suspend that plan until the Joint State Government Commission can study the impacts.

Tim Geibel, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association, says, “We need to press pause on this process. We need our elected officials to fully understand the implications of moving to a full-risk brokerage model for medical assistance. And this bill would press pause on that, and require independent studies, and potentially hearings on the issue.”

Both of those bills are currently in committee.

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