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Rep. Hershey Calls for Delay to Sweeping Changes in PA’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program

Apr. 09, 2019  Download

Lawmakers and county transportation officials recently spoke in support of bipartisan legislation to delay upcoming changes to the Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP), that provides shared rides to medical appointments for MA recipients when other means are unavailable. Changes made last year to the state’s Human Services Code included a requirement that the Department of Human Services revamp the widely used transportation program to require providing services through a statewide or regional broker. While the shift may help urban counties to improve the delivery of services and achieve savings through increased federal reimbursements, there is deep concern among lawmakers that the new system could increase transportation difficulties and costs for rural areas. At a press conference held Tuesday in the state capitol, prime sponsor Rep. John Hershey (R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin) said delayed implementation would allow for a thorough review of the plan to determine if rural transportation needs will be met in a cost-effective manner

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Rep. Hershey Sworn-in for the 2019-20 Session of the PA House on New Year’s Day in Harrisburg

Jan. 02, 2019  Download

Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were sworn in on New Year’s Day in Harrisburg with the members taking the oath of office in the House chamber at noon to officially begin the 2019-20 legislative session. Republicans hold a 110 member working majority in the House with 19 newly elected Republican members.This is the fifth consecutive term that Republicans have retained majority control of the PA House. Rep. John Hershey (R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin) offered the following comments on the swearing-in ceremony and issues expected to be addressed in the new legislative session.