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United Way of North Central Iowa expands transportation services

This news story was published on January 7, 2013.
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MASON CITY, IOWA – United Way of North Central Iowa has expanded transportation services with the Region 2 Transit. Starting January 7, the Marshalltown Missile will provide transportation to the Primary Health Care facility of Marshalltown. This United Way investment is in addition to the Saints Shuttle transportation to Iowa City that was launched in February 2012 and the Fort Dodge Dash service to Fort Dodge launched in April 2012.

This transportation investment follows the Iowa Department of Human Services new IowaCare medical home provider assignments on January 1, 2013. Primary Health Care of Marshalltown now serves as the care provider for residents of the following counties: Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Grundy, Hancock, Hardin, Marshall, Tama, Winnebago, and Worth. IowaCare is a health care program that provides limited services for people who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid. The purpose of IowaCare is to provide some health care coverage to people who would otherwise have none.

The Marshalltown Missile departs every Monday from the North Iowa Joint Transit Facility, 525 6th St. SW, Mason City promptly at 8 a.m. and arrives at Primary Health Care of Marshalltown around 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Service is available to the general public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Region 2 Transit at (641) 423-2262. The fare is $5 per person, one way, $10 round trip. The cost for IowaCare members is $1 per person, one way, $2 round trip.

“We are pleased to respond quickly to our community’s most pressing needs by addressing the issue of transportation for low income north Iowans” said Jennifer Kammeyer, UWNCI Chief Professional Officer. “Transportation to and from the Primary Health Care of Marshalltown is critical for our uninsured county residents.”

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