This featured post comes from a great blog – Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse.
You might think it’s time to celebrate given the fact that notoriously neglectful Medicaid-sponge Logisticare is leaving the dairy state. Sorry, but the story isn’t quite so cheery. In this post Jake explains that Wisconsin’s DHS is vowing to stay on the privatization track and will not return to the more reliable county-controlled transport services that Medicaid recipients had in years gone by.
“The other big news on Wednesday (other than the bloodbath at WTDY), dealt with Wisconsin Medicaid transportation contractor, Logisticare. The Atlanta-based Logisticare informed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that they were terminating their contract and pulling out of Wisconsin. Logisticare won a bid from the Doyle Administration for the statewide service, and received a 3-year, $60 million dollar contract to start work in July 2011 to contract with providers to give Medicaid patients rides to medical appointments and procedures in all parts of Wisconsin except for the Milwaukee area. This was a change from the previously-run method of this type of Medicaid transport, which passed these responsibilities off to the individual counties to make deals with transportation providers. The DHS’s thinking was that going to a “one-stop shop” to work out rides would save the state millions in taxpayer dollars, while taking the program under more direct state control.
The move to hire Logisticare immediately met resistance…”
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