Authorities are hoping free rides on Paris's massive public transport network this weekend will be enough to entice drivers to get out of their cars and ease the levels of air pollution plaguing the region. The French capital has been under maximum pollution alert for several days, as have many other regions across the country. Jean-Paul Huchon, head of the organisation that oversees transport in Paris and neighbouring areas, said on Thursday that transport would be free from Friday morning to Sunday evening due to the "significant risks to the health of residents." Overall, more than 30 departments in France were hit by maximum level pollution alerts, prompting Ecology Minister Philippe Martin to say air quality was "an emergency and a priority for the government". In parts of Normandy air pollution levels are already at a record high, according to one expert. SEE ALSO: Paris pollution: What steps to take to breathe easy In … [Read more...] about Dirty air prompts free public transport in Paris
The East Midlands Ambulance Service has revealed that its Derbyshire Patient Transport Service and hospital clinics will only be transporting patients leaving hospital and those with appointments for vital treatment such as chemotherapy and dialysis. An EMAS spokesman said: “Due to the continued severe weather conditions, this weekend our Derbyshire non-emergency Patient Transport Service will only be transporting patients leaving hospital, and those with appointments for vital treatment such as chemotherapy and dialysis.Hospital clinics and our Derbyshire PTS call centre are contacting patients where possible, but please help us by sharing this message with anyone who uses our service. The Derbyshire PTS Booking Line is available on 0300 300 3434 and the team will answer any questions. … [Read more...] about EMAS issues warning about reduced Patient Transport Service due to severe weather
During the legislative hearing today for the Idaho House and Senate Health and Welfare committees, a number of individuals voiced concerns about the performance of Idaho Medicaid’s contracted non-emergency medical transportation broker, Veyo, and their contracted drivers. Veyo ensures that transportation is provided for Medicaid participants to medical appointments and other Medicaid benefits. Veyo centrally coordinates requests for transportation from Medicaid participants and assigns them to a network of transportation providers. Veyo took over the brokerage contract from American Medical Response in July of 2016. Medicaid’s responsibility is to monitor this contract and ensure that it is working as intended and with a high level of responsible service. A change this big is never easy. Veyo and their provider network initially struggled with the switch. Medicaid responded by working closely with Veyo, transportation providers and community … [Read more...] about Idaho is Committed to Improving Medicaid Transportation
The State of Idaho has chosen a contractor from among four bidders to handle the non-emergency medical transportation needs of Medicaid patients. Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM) will take over the program March 6, 2018. The existing contractor, Veyo, exercised an early-out provision in its $70 million, three-year contract, citing expensive, unexpected restrictions on its business model that uses independent drivers. “The Department of Health and Welfare will work with the existing broker, MTM and stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition for our Idaho Medicaid participants and providers,” said Matt Wimmer, administrator of Health and Welfare’s Division of Medicaid. The $34 million contract with MTM runs through June 2019, with an option to extend the contract for up to an additional five years. The contract involves providing about 100,000 non-emergency medical transports per month for Idaho Medicaid clients. MTM, with headquarters in St. Louis, … [Read more...] about New Medicaid vendor chosen for non-emergency medical transportation
(Natural News) When SHTF, do you have an efficient way of carrying your supplies? Have you considered getting a wagon or a yard cart as a form of manual transportation? Anything with wheels can help you carry things. Don’t forget that as a prepper, you also need to get ready for when you have to move your gear and supplies from one location to another.Don’t make the mistake of solely relying on anything motorized because you might run out of fuel. Get something you can pedal, pull, push, or roll easily. Heavy supplies like water will be easier to carry with a wagon, so get something with wheels. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com.)When disaster strikes, you’ll need an easy way to transport water to your home or shelter. If you have a bicycle, yard cart, wagon, or a wheelbarrow, it will be easier to carry gallons of water.A simple cart or wagon can let you transport five-gallon jugs of water, even if you’re alone. That’s 40 pounds overall since one … [Read more...] about Low-tech transportation tools for the prepper: Do you have a wagon, wheelbarrow or yard cart?