ATLANTA and TRENTON, N.J., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC) today announced that its LogistiCare subsidiary, the nation's largest coordinator of non-emergency transportation (NET) services, has received notice of award from the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS), to provide basic non-emergency transportation services for the fee-for-service Medicaid population in Essex, Hudson, and other selected counties, as well as higher levels of service statewide.
The approximately $300 million contract, valued initially at $55 million annually depending on enrollment, is expected to take effect July 1, 2009. It has an initial term of three years and contains two one-year renewal options that run through 2014. The award is subject to finalized contracts and various processing procedures. New Jersey DHS first announced its intent to award the contract to LogistiCare in November 2008.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to expand our medical transportation services to the people of New Jersey," said John Shermyen, LogistiCare's CEO. "This contract award is a testament to LogistiCare's record of performance throughout the country, as well as to the increasingly widespread acceptance of the brokerage model as a best-practice for managing Medicaid transportation services."
LogistiCare expects to hire over 55 local staff to manage the New Jersey contract and will be opening a major call center in Edison and a satellite office in Trenton. Direct transportation services will be provided by local New Jersey transportation providers under contract to LogistiCare.
LogistiCare has operated in New Jersey since January of this year, when it began providing services for Wellcare Medicare members. LogistiCare also provides Medicaid transportation services in nearby Philadelphia county and in Delaware.
LogistiCare is the nation's leading Medicaid transportation management solution. Proprietary software, innovative management strategies, and a proven record of creating budget stability and quality improvements for our clients distinguish LogistiCare as the leader in its field. From its corporate office just outside Atlanta and its numerous state-based operations nationwide, LogistiCare manages a national network of more than 1,100 transportation companies that provide more than 17 million trips to customers annually. LogistiCare's clients have included state Medicaid agencies, school boards, transit authorities, hospital systems and many of the nation's largest managed care organizations. For more information, visit www.logisticare.com.
Providence Service Corporation, through its owned and managed entities, provides home and community based social services and non-emergency transportation services management to government sponsored clients under programs such as welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid and corrections. Providence does not own or operate beds, treatment facilities, hospitals or group homes, preferring to provide services in the client's own home or other community setting. The Company provides a range of services through its direct and managed entities to over 87,000 clients through 1,039 contracts at December 31, 2008, with an estimated 6.3 million individuals eligible to receive the Company's non-emergency transportation services related to its LogistiCare operations. Combined, the Company has a nearly $1 billion book of business including managed entities.
Certain statements herein, such as any statements about Providence's confidence or strategies or its expectations about revenues, results of operations, profitability, earnings per share, contracts, collections, award of contracts, acquisitions and related growth, growth resulting from initiatives in certain states, effective tax rate or market opportunities, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Providence's actual results or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, reliance on government-funded contracts, risks associated with government contracting, risks involved in managing government business, legislative or policy changes, challenges resulting from growth or acquisitions, adverse media and legal, economic and other risks detailed in Providence's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its latest Form 10-K. Words such as "believe," "demonstrate," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "should" and "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on those forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Providence undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained herein.
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