State suspends cab service for Medicaid patients, Yellow Checker Cab will lose big

By Audrey Williams

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- For years, Peoria Yellow Checker Cab has been providing rides to doctors appointments for Medicaid patients. Now that service and that revenue stream is being cut off.

Friday, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services notified Checker Cab that they would stop regular payments for that service.

John Franks, the Vice President of the Company, said they regularly transport between 40 and 60 people daily through this program. He says it accounts for more than 50-percent of their business.

Franks adds the state is currently 90 days past due on their payments.

"As a small company, we can't provide services and not get paid for 9 months, we would go out of business," he said.

Franks is encouraging those affected to contact their state representative to voice their concerns.

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