Troubled Maine transport company paid more

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A state lawmaker is demanding answers after a company under fire for its poor performance in providing non-emergency rides to Maine Medicaid patients was paid an extra $1.2 million last month.

State Rep. Drew Gattine says he noticed that Connecticut-based Coordinated Transportation Solutions was paid $3.3 million in February while in previous months it was paid a $2.1 million.

The Westbrook Democrat tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1ekiLWV ) he hasn’t gotten any straight answers from Department of Health and Human Services officials.

CTS won $28.3 million worth of contracts last year, but thousands of MaineCare patients say they have missed rides to medical appointments.

In response, the state announced that it will not renew CTS’s contracts when they expire in June.

A CTS executive deferred questions about the payment to state officials.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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