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EXPO 2011: Transit Crisis Sessions

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These are extraordinary times for community and public transportation -- times offering equal parts opportunity and peril. On Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9, the Community Transportation Association of America will be convening two urgent Crisis Sessions at EXPO 2011 designed to give members and conference participants a fuller understanding and context for the challenges confronting the Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation Program and Federal Transit Investment.

Session One: Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation

Wednesday, June 8, 10:45 a.m., Indianapolis Convention Center

Public and community transportation providers around the nation depend upon the non-emergency Medicaid transportation (NEMT) program as a vital and often growing source of investment. National health care provision trends are, in fact, increasingly dependent upon the transit network to connect patients with ongoing and regular care, as well as therapies in order to avoid costly emergency situations. Effective health care today requires effective public transit.

Meanwhile, Medicaid expenditures at the state level -- due largely to demographics and volume -- are at record high levels forcing many states to undertake the most significant revisioning in the program's history. These changes -- for example, the deployment of intermediaries and/or managed care -- are designed to control program costs. In state capitols across the country, the future of the Medicaid program and its non-emergency transportation component is being debated.

For community and public transportation managers and advocates, these looming changes to Medicaid represent both opportunities and threats. The ability of transit to compete in this new environment is dependent upon its collective understanding of both these program modifications and the health care and demographic trends driving the changes. The NEMT Crisis Session will analyze these Medicaid program trends and help transit systems develop strategies to not only react, but to anticipate the new health care landscape and take advantage of new opportunities.

Recommended Reading for Session One

Panel for Session One

Joining us on-stage during this important session will be Ann Gilbert, Executive Director of the Arkansas Transit Association and CTAA Board President; Steven Fittante, Director of the Middlesex County (N.J.) Department of Transportation; and Paul Davis, General Manager of the Tri-State Transit Authority in Huntington, W.Va.

Recommended Intensive Training Sessions and Workshops

  • The Competitive Edge: Making Community and Public Transit the Best Alternative for Medical Transportation (Intensive Training Session)
  • Building Effective Health Care Partners: Focus on Dialysis and Hospitals (Workshop)
  • Exploring the Impact of Managed Care on Non-Emergency Transportation (Workshop)
  • The Insurance Session: Health Care Reform's Impact on Transit (Workshop)

Session Two: The Future of Federal Transit Investment

Thursday, June 9, 10:45 a.m., Indianapolis Convention Center

As the community and public transit industry heads toward a second year without a new surface transportation authorization bill, the future of federal investment in all forms of transit is, at best, unclear. At a time when demand for public transit services is skyrocketing, soaring gas prices, a dearth of local and state share availability, inflexible funding rules and the inability to increase current or develop new federal investment sources are severely limiting the transit industry nationwide.

This important session will cover the impact of the 2011 appropriations and 2012 budget debates on the future of community and public transportation -- as well as the latest surface transportation reauthorization proposals from the House, Senate and Administration. Attendees will learn the key issues in these vital discussions, and how the outcome will directly impact their operations and organizations.

The time to tell the truth about transit -- to fully discuss its benefits and value as opposed to a myopic focus on costs -- is today. This session will conclude with an unveiling of CT Magazine's local transit educational campaign and the specific resources available to help attendees cultivate key local relationships and to begin to reshape the national discussion on public and community transportation.

Recommended Reading for Session Two

Panel for Session Two

Joining us on-stage during the important session will be Sarah Kline, Policy Director at Reconnecting America in Washington, D.C.; Gary Goyke, Director of the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association; and Kent McDaniel, Director of the Indiana Transit Association.

Recommended Intensive Training Sessions and Workshops

  • Winning: Practical Debate and Communications Strategies (Workshop)
  • Tough Times Call for Creative Funding Solutions (Workshop)
  • Telling Your Story: Building Local Transit Partners and Advocates (Workshop)
  • Turning Employers into Transit Advocates (Workshop)