PODCAST: Rep Anastasia Williams blasts MTM; urges governor to cancel contract

State Representative Anastasia Williams (D-Providence) joined WPRO’s Tara Granahan on Friday morning for a lengthy conversation about the failings of the state’s medical transportation company MTM, following a contentious House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday night. LISTEN TO THE FULL CONVERSATION BELOW:

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St. Louis-based Medical Transportation Management took over as the Rhode Islands contractor to provide rides for elderly and low-income residents to medical appointments in January.

At the hearing Thursday night, several lawmakers and sub-contractors said that major problems still exist, despite MTM and the state saying that services are improving.

During the hearing, Williams implored the Governor to cancel the contract with MTM. “It needs to stop, Madame Governor,” she said. “Please fix it. In fact, cancel the doggone contract.”

Governor Raimondo told WPRO’s Steve Klamkin later Friday that the company wouldn’t be replaced and that such comments from legislators was ‘unhelpful.’

In the wide ranging interview, Williams also addressed concerns regarding her role with the John Hope Settlement House. Listen to that segment below:

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