11/14/2013 4:43 PM
BECKLEY - A proposed change to Medicaid patient transport could cost local emergency services agencies and their customers. The State Bureau for Medical Services plans to accept bids from some out-of-state agencies interested in managing all non-emergency medical transportation. In a state-commissioned audit of the Department of Health and Human Resources, Public Works LLC found that this could save $5.2 million a year. But companies like Jan-Care say they rely on those non-emergency calls to generate the revenue that allows them to respond to emergency calls. If this money were to be taken away, they would struggle to provide ambulances in more remote areas for emergencies during times like holidays and weekends. Officials say this would also most likely translate into layoffs for Jan-Care employees.