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The Telegram
  • Birnie Bus awarded non-emergency transport contract

  • There will be as of Feb. 1 a new provider of non-emergency Medicaid transportation service in Herkimer County, officials said.

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  • There will be as of Feb. 1 a new provider of non-emergency Medicaid transportation service in Herkimer County, officials said.
    Birnie Bus Service Inc., of Rome, was awarded the contract to transport eligible residents to and from services covered as a Medicaid expense, according to Ervin Fuller, commission of the county Department of Social Services.
    The contract cost of $667,869 is an over $10,700 decrease from the current bid price, Fuller said. The county also has an option with Birnie Bus Service for a second year at $687,905, and a third year at $708,542. And the county must give the provider a 90-day notice of their intent to exercise its option, he added.
    The transportation service accounted for approximately 19,500 trips in 2009, and another 19,200 trips were provided in 2008, according to Fuller.
    The county received one other bid for the service, from current provider First Transit, but the cost was $677,611 in year one, with options for $693,638 in year two and $709,096 in year three.
    Medicaid clients must call a toll free number (which Birnie Bus Service is in the process of acquiring) a day ahead of the scheduled appointment, Fuller said. The client’s eligibility for Medicaid is verified and transportation is arranged.
    Exceptions in eligible service transportation include: A life-threatening or potentially disabling condition that requires the provision of emergency medical service while the recipient is being transported or instances where the client can provide their own transportation, Fuller said.

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