PA counties are scrambling to issue Resolutions in support SB 390/HB 986 that would delay the implementation of MATP (medical assistance transportation) brokerage model. Why? Because in June 2018, in the final hours of passing the State Budget the state legislature adopted HB 1677 which directs DHS (Dept Human Services) to provide MATP through a state/regional brokerage system. Counties say having a state/regional brokerage system would negatively impact current programs. I agree that a delay should be implemented and while in Harrisburg I (and Vicites/Lohr)advocated as such.
Now the double-standard.
Fayette County, using FACT buses, transports MATP riders to Greene County at a cost of more than $326,000 through 2018 rather than using a Fayette County facility. State law requires patients must have access to an In-Network provider within a 60 minute drive. Fayette County meets this requirement by driving patients to Polaris (Fayette Co) and to Greene Treatment Center (Greene Co). Why waste tax dollars, take FACT buses away from other trips, have patients on a FACT bus for a longer time and actually ride right pass New Seasons in Fayette Co?
New Seasons (located on Rt 51) could be designated as an In Network facility thus eliminating the need for FACT buses to drive to Greene County.
I have heard so many excuses it is mind boggling. Commissioner Vicites said “its not that far” when FACT staff discussed the cost and tying up FACT buses. Both Commissioners Vicites and Lohr said they do not want another meth clinic in Fayette Co yet both are waiting for the 2nd Polaris (Rt 119) to open its doors.
Political decisions continue to be made in Fayette County. Only with a new Board of Commissioners in January 2020 can things change because I can never get a 2nd vote or a 2nd commissioner to make decisions for the Right Reasons & In the best interest of our County.