The following information was presented to the Chester County Commissioners by Gary Krapf, President, Krapf Coaches and Rover Community Transportation, at the Sunshine Meeting on Wednesday, May 1:
On June 22, 2018, the state legislature passed an amendment to the Human Services Code (HB 1677) directing the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide the Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) through a statewide or regional full-risk brokerage system. The Governor approved the measure the same day, despite a recent Transportation Research Board report noting our Commonwealth’s Shared Ride model has the third-lowest MATP cost nationally. Later in June, DHS issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for a statewide or regional broker to administer MATP services
We respectfully request the Administration and General Assembly take steps to suspend the award of the RFA. We also ask you to support Sen. Baker’s SB 390 and Rep. Hershey’s HB 986. These bills would suspend the award until the Joint State Government Commission can conduct a study of the positive and negative impacts of providing MATP through a full-risk brokerage model.
If you have further questions on this important matter, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. Our contact information is enclosed.
• In states where brokering occurred, coordinated transit system realized a 40% reduction in coordinated trips. (Source: TRB)• Systems will lose the management of mileage reimbursement and other pass-through revenue trips on MATP as the broker will manage those directly• Systems will lose the administrative revenue that comes from management of mileage reimbursement and other types of pass-through trips.• Systems on average will reduce system costs by 5% by finding efficiencies in service and reducing administrative costs.• Communities will want transit systems to maintain the same level of service as they provide today, with wait times on-vehicle times and hours of service relatively unchanged.