The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would prevent the state from renewing its contracts with companies for a program that provides non-emergency rides to Medicaid patients.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 24-14 in favor of Democratic leader Troy Jackson’s bill on Monday.
The proposal faces further votes in the House and Senate.
The measure was introduced after the state switched to a new system in August and many Medicaid patients began complaining of missing rides and being left at appointments.
Under the bill, the state couldn’t renew current contracts after they expire in June. It also seeks to improve the future contract-awarding process by penalizing companies with a record of poor performance.