Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) improving transportation services for Hoosier Medicaid patients heads to the governor’s desk to be considered for a new law.
Last year, the state contracted Southeastrans, a transportation brokerage company, to provide consistent non-emergency medical transportation services to Medicaid patients across the state. The company schedules rides for patients who may not otherwise be able to make their doctor, dentist or dialysis appointments. According to Pressel, the demand for transportation increased drastically following the promotion of Southeastrans’ services, resulting in many system failures including late rides, missed rides and last-minute cancellations.
This legislation would establish a commission to oversee provided services. The commission, consisting of legislators, service providers and a service recipient, would help ensure patients have safe and reliable service and Hoosier Medicaid dollars are spent responsibly.
Under the bill, Southeastrans and other brokers would also post weekly reports outlining the number of drivers, vehicles and system failures in each county. Pressel said this would help the commission and Southeastrans identify where improvement is needed.
Senate Enrolled Act 480 is now eligible for action by the governor. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.