Syracuse, N.Y. – Medical transportation companies have been banned from giving group rides in New York during the coronavirus pandemic.
But companies in the Syracuse area and across Upstate New York are ignoring that rule – putting the patients they serve at risk, according to the state Office of the Attorney General.
Attorney General Letitia James has ordered 78 medical transportation companies who bring people with Medicaid to appointments and clinics Upstate to stop giving group rides. Under a new state rule meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus, medical transportation companies are only allowed to transport one person at a time.
After an investigation, the AG’s office found companies in four regions were violating the state’s orders:
- 15 companies in the Syracuse area
- 15 companies in the Albany area
- 31 companies in the Buffalo area
- 17 companies in the Rochester area
“For these companies to continue to conduct group medical transport rides in the face of an explicit prohibition during the unprecedented outbreak of a highly contagious disease is simply and completely unacceptable,” the AG said. “We take these violations very seriously, and my office will deploy any legal means necessary to stop providers from endangering their patients and the general public. ”
If the companies continue to violate the ban on group rides, the attorney general’s office said legal steps will be taken to force compliance.
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