Pressel to serve on commission improving Hoosier Medicaid transportation

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:35 am

STATEHOUSE (July 22, 2020) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) will serve on the Nonemergency Medical Transportation Commission, which works to improve transportation services for Hoosier Medicaid patients.

In 2018, the state contracted with Southeastrans to provide consistent non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid patients. According to Pressel, the demand for transportation increased drastically, resulting in many system failures including late or missed rides, and last-minute cancelations.

"Many Hoosiers in our community have shared their concerns and frustrations with Medicaid transportation, especially those who live in more rural areas," Pressel said. "We have to do better and make progress on this issue to ensure more patients are served and no one has to worry about late pickups and missed appointments."

To resolve these issues, Pressel sponsored a law last year establishing the Nonemergency Medical Transportation Commission to oversee services offered to Hoosier Medicaid patients. Over the past year, Pressel said the commission has looked into Hoosiers' concerns, and in the upcoming session, he plans to author legislation to increase vendor participation options and expand transportation services in rural areas.

Pressel will also serve on the Interim Study Committee on Government, the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, and the Lake Michigan Marina and Shoreline Development Commission.

According to Pressel, committees will likely meet in-person this year with an option to participate virtually to help limit the potential spread of the coronavirus, and details about the process will be released soon. He said any new process will remain transparent and open to the public. Committee hearings are livestreamed online and then archived so they can be watched later at iga.in.gov. The full list of topics to be studied can be found at iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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