ATLANTA, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- LogistiCare announced today that the Arkansas Division of Medical Services has awarded the company a contract to manage the Arkansas Medicaid non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) program for three regions. With a start date of Feb. 1, LogistiCare will manage regions -- I, III and XII -- which cover the Northwest, North Central and the Central parts of the state. The contract is worth $10.5 million to LogistiCare and is structured as a one-year deal with six one-year renewal options. There are more than 400,000 covered lives eligible for the Arkansas NEMT program. More than 173,000 are in the regions LogistiCare will manage. LogistiCare will operate a call center in Little Rock. "I am very pleased that LogistiCare was selected to manage non-emergency medical transportation for eligible Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas," said John Shermyen, president and chief executive officer of LogistiCare. "This is a great opportunity for us to play a key role and to really make a positive difference in a state where access to healthcare is very important. LogistiCare comes to Arkansas with a host of 2006 accomplishments, including URAC accreditation for quality -- the first such award to a transportation broker, setting the standard for the rest of the industry. In addition to the quality accreditation, the company was awarded contracts to manage four regions of South Carolina's NEMT program, Mississippi's statewide NEMT program, Philadelphia County's Medical Assistance Transportation Program, re-awarded the Medicaid NEMT contract in Colorado; and the company received an early contract renewal in Missouri. In 2005 LogistiCare won its first NEMT contract in Missouri and was re- awarded key NEMT contracts in Virginia, Kentucky and Florida. The company also earned contract extensions in Nevada, Oklahoma, Delaware and Connecticut. Along with its government clients, LogistiCare also manages non-emergency contracts for managed care organizations in Florida, Ohio, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Kansas and the District of Columbia. Under LogistiCare's management, states have seen costs for NEMT continue to decrease, while overall healthcare spending has seen significant increases. "With each new opportunity we look forward to making a positive difference in people's lives," added Shermyen. "Working closely in partnership with all stakeholders -- the state, transportation providers and eligible Medicaid NEMT beneficiaries -- is what really helps to make that difference." About LogistiCare LogistiCare is the nation's leading transportation management solution. Proprietary software, innovative strategies and a proven record of creating budget stability and program integrity distinguish LogistiCare as the leader in improving non-emergency transportation programs. From its corporate office in Atlanta and numerous state-based locations nationwide, LogistiCare manages a national network of more than 900 transportation companies that provide more than 11 million trips to customers annually. LogistiCare's clients include state Medicaid agencies, school boards, transit authorities, hospital systems and many of the nation's largest managed care organizations. For more information, visit http://www.logisticare.com.