Thousands of Mainers' transportation to their Doctors effected by new broker system

July 12, 2013

Update 9/13: read our new article about the mess caused by the new transportation broker system:

[Update 7/18: Some good news, we hear that, in most regions of the state, transportation brokers have reached provider agreements for the provision of non-emergency medical rides to MaineCare recipients. Unfortunately, some parts of the state remain without provider agreements in place with the August 1st transition date fast approaching. We continue to monitor the situation in an attempt to avoid disruption in this much needed service.]

Thousands of Mainers were in danger of losing transportation to and from their medical appointments.  Previously, these transportation services were provided by regional transportation providers (RTPs) throughout the state.  On August 1st these services are to be offered by brokers who are supposed to negotiate with service providers, like the RTPs in each of the 8 regions.  Right now we are less than a month away from implementation and only in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties does the new broker appear ready to provide service on August 1st.  In all other regions, the new broker has yet to reach a contract with the local RTP.

The RTPs are concerned that they will have to cease providing transportation services to MaineCare recipients beginning on August 1st.  They are even more alarmed because no other entity is prepared to provide those services.  Providers are especially concerned about the impact on those requiring regular life saving treatments such as dialysis and chemotherapy.  We can't  afford to leave these Mainers stranded, let’s make certain all MaineCare recipients have access to the health care they need.