(LogistiCare) has terminated its contract with the state starting next year, officials announced Wednesday. "Yesterday, LogistiCare notified us that it plans to terminate its contracts with the Department of Health Services, effective in 90 days on February 17, 2013," Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis G. Smith said in a news release Wednesday.
Well, that's saved the state money...just kidding. Think about it, while the state’s revenues increase, thanks to the nations steady but slow recovery, bragging Republicans can’t hide their own bad management of government.
LogistiCare was a major failure the state couldn't act decisively on. Trashing teachers…that’s another story. Any lessons learned? Are you kidding:
Officials said the state does not intend to go back to the old county-based system for providing members transportation to medical appointments or that the state will change its approach to providing transportation. "We are committed to the transportation manager model in here in Wisconsin," Smith said in the release. "I am confident that this model will work here in Wisconsin, as it has in other states."
Committed to a model that victimized the neediest Wisconsinites? There is one important difference; other states provide oversight and don’t leave programs like this up to partisan cronies to manage. I loved the list of stories provided by jsonline:
Since LogistiCare took over ride dispatches for patients in Milwaukee on Sept. 1, the Journal Sentinel has documented LogistiCare's troubles with late and no-show rides, long hold times on its reservation and complaint lines and other issues. Here's a list of the stories:
" Complaints spike for LogistiCare transit service", Sept. 13, 2012.
" LogistiCare reducing wait times, but transit complaints persist", Sept. 17, 2012.
" Legislators, disability groups demand action against LogistiCare", Sept. 21, 2012.
" Small transport firms say they're being squeezed by LogistiCare", Oct. 1, 2012.
" Man dies after frustration with state-funded ride provider", Oct. 6, 2012.
" Complaints prompt informational hearing on LogistiCare" Oct. 6, 2012.
" Senators schedule Milwaukee hearing on LogistiCare" Oct. 16, 2012.
" LogistiCare developing online reservation system" Oct. 17, 2012.
" LogistiCare says it's fixing ride, phone problems" Oct. 18, 2012.
" LogistiCare still short of standard despite shorter hold times" Nov. 14, 2012.