MEDIA ADVISORY: House Oversight Committee meeting canceled, rescheduled for March 3
STATE HOUSE — A meeting of the House Committee on Oversight to hear an update on the vendor that provides transportation to the elderly and Medicaid beneficiaries, which was scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, has been canceled. A new meeting has been scheduled in March.
The committee will meet Tuesday, March 3, at the rise of the House (about 5 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House.
Since Jan. 1, 2019, Missouri-based Medical Transportation Management has been responsible for coordinating transportation services for Medicaid beneficiaries and individuals over the age of 60 for non-emergency medical services. The transition has been a rocky one, with many complaints that the service has either been delayed or that drivers never showed up. Going into its second year, complaints continue and many problems have been left unresolved.
The Oversight Committee met twice in February to review hundreds of complaints lodged against the vendor. During the hearings, it was revealed that the company would pay a $1-million penalty and agree to future monetary sanctions until all problems have been resolved. The committee met again in April, May and November to continue overseeing the improvements.
Last year, the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers investigated the company due to a complaint filed by a taxi company alleging that MTM conspired with taxi operators to operate outside of their authorized territories and charge illegal rates.
The House Oversight Committee is chaired by Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903