May 12, 2011
NEWS: Chicago NEMT Providers Shut Down Amid Rising Gas Prices
CHICAGO - May 11, 2011 - A Chicago non-emergency medical transportation service provider is planning to shut down operations by the end of this week because of high fuel prices. Supreme Medicar Inc. is saying that the State of Illinois is not reimbursing companies enough to cover the rising prices and they are losing money. Supreme Medicar Inc. claims that the State owes them $50,000. Other Chicago NEMT companies have reportedly stopped operations for the same reason. The Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services sets the transportation reimbursement rates and gas prices do not effect the rates. They are currently reviewing the rates, but in the meantime the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services has assured the public that clients will continued to be transported through the Non-Emergency Transportation Prior Approval Program (NETSPAP) with First Transit. In the program, First Transit approves NEMT providers and brokers the trips to those eligible companies. Gas prices in Chicago are reportedly the highest rates in the United States right now. They have risen 12 cents in the last 2 weeks to $4.27 per gallon.