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Published October 16, 2012, 04:45 PM

Senator Al Franken speaks on the "RIDE" Act in Clay County

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- Minnesota Senator Al Franken is speaking out against improper funding for voluntary senior citizen transportation.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- Minnesota Senator Al Franken is speaking out against improper funding for voluntary senior citizen transportation.

Franken met with Clay County officials to talk about Medicaid rules that apply to volunteers who give rides to low-income seniors. They are only paid for rides while seniors are in the car, meaning trips to pick them up or after dropping them off are not covered.

Franken has introduced the "RIDE" Act to allow states to pay for volunteers driving to and from the senior's homes.

Senator Al Franken says, "we want volunteers. These are volunteers that are doing this voluntarily. All we're asking is all this does is say that those miles, those no load miles, that's what they're called bureaucratically, whis is when the senior is not in the car, that they also get reimbursed."

Franken wants to make RIDE part of the Older Americans Act that he hopes to reauthorize this year.

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