Small providers being hurt

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RM-Transition Inc. is a small business, employing 10 staff members who provide community employment and support services to roughly 60 consumers. We have been in business for five years, and about 30 percent of our business is with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Despite several frustrating phone conversations with MaineCare’s provider file and inquiry units, and meetings with local DHHS staff, we still have many unpaid claims totaling several thousand dollars. Some of these claims are a year old. To add insult to injury, we recently received a bill from DHHS stating that we owed it $1,500.

Workers compensation insurance, taxes and mandated accreditation make it next to impossible for a small business to be profitable. These costs, coupled with non-payment of claims by MaineCare, can easily cause a company to go under.

Notwithstanding, RM-Transition Inc. has provided DHHS with continuous service. To make staff payroll, company officers have endured late paychecks or have not been paid at all. The non-payment of MaineCare claims has also resulted in company bills being paid late, the worst of which have been late tax payments and ensuing penalties.

I do not think the governor understands the breadth and significance of this problem. If MaineCare cannot resolve their computer problems soon, this company will have to reorganize. This could result in both staff and consumers losing their jobs.

I’m curious if any MaineCare employees have had to go without paychecks.

Gary McPherson, co-owner and treasurer,

RM-Transition Inc., Sumner

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