TAPS Public Transit, will close its TAPS Access facility in Wichita Falls, Texas on November 25. TAPS Access is the operating unit responsible for providing Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) for Region 4, under a contract with State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
TAPS is contracted by HHSC to dispatch rides for Medicaid clients in Archer, Baylor, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young counties.
According to TAPS Chief Administration Officer, Jeannie Slape, TAPS Access will continue to deliver Medicaid NEMT service by assigning trips through Rolling Plains Management Organization’s SHARP Lines transportation agency. “As of November 23, 2015, we will assign 100% of our Medicaid trips in the Wichita Falls area to our contract provider, SHARP Lines,” said Slape.
Eleven TAPS employees (10 drivers, 1 mechanic) assigned to the Wichita Falls office were notified on November 9, that operations there will cease. Rolling Plains Management has agreed to interview and give priority to those employees who want to drive for SHARP Lines.