From Forbes McIntosh – WALA Lobbyist
LogistiCare announced in November that it would be terminating its contract with the state to provide non-emergency transportation services for the state’s Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus recipients – but don’t expect them to go very far. LogistiCare is expected to rebid on a new contract after the state issues a new Request for Proposals (RFP) later this winter.
In a letter to DHS, LogistiCare CEO Herman Schwarz had said that the State failed to provide adequate utilization data when the contract was let out for bid. In his response to LogistiCare’s contract termination, DHS Secretary Dennis Smith said they would issue a new RFP with updated data – which would presumably allow the respondents to ask for more money.
A new coalition of advocates, local transportation companies and other providers is lobbying state leaders to write the next RFP to allow them to be considered. The coalition, among other things, wants DHS to remove language that they say prohibits a Wisconsin company from bidding on the project, change broker reimbursement for rides to fee-for-service and create an external complaint and grievance process that includes an Ombudsman.
The state’s contract with LogistiCare will end on Feb. 17, 2013.