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PRTC Receives Continuation Grant for Medical Transportation Program

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), Woodbridge, VA, has received a second grant from the Potomac Health Foundation that will allow the agency to continue providing eligible residents of eastern Prince William County, VA, with non-emergency medical transportation.

Participants in PRTC’s Wheels-to-Wellness program receive refillable payment cards for a limited number of monthly health-related trips in taxis and wheelchair-accessible commercial vehicles. Health-related trips include visits to hospitals, therapists, pharmacies, and other medical establishments.

The Wheels-to-Wellness payment card will cover up to $25 per one-way trip for those using cabs and up to $50 per one-way trip for those who require wheelchair-accessible non-emergency transportation.

Karen Mills, project manager, noted that the program has already helped customers in the region. For example, it allows a woman on a fixed income who requires dialysis three times a week to save $75 per week in transportation costs.

PRTC created Wheels-to-Wellness after it and the Prince William Area Agency on Aging conducted a mobility management plan in 2011 to examine the challenges confronting older Americans, persons with disabilities, and those in low-income households. One recommendation was to augment PRTC’s existing transit services with a transportation voucher program to make taxis more affordable for health-related trips.

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