Medical transport a victim of Pa. budget

September 14, 2009 7:44:40 AM PDT
Some counties are cutting off paratransit rides to doctor's appointments and other non-emergency trips for the poor and disabled because of the 2½-month-old state budget impasse.

Rabbittransit of York and Adams counties is stopping those trips Monday because it is out of spare cash to sustain the program while the impasse holds up state dollars that normally fund it.

Rabbittransit says the service cut will affect 300 to 500 people a day.

Brian Nesbit of York says he plans to cancel his Tuesday doctor's appointment. Meanwhile, Susan Zettle of Conewago Township says she'll take time out of work to drive her special needs son to the Amazing Kids Club in Hanover.

The transit agency will still provide trips for dialysis, cancer treatment, surgery, chemotherapy and other life-sustaining treatments.