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The RIDE Eligibility for those in Nursing Homes

SECTION 209.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, in consultation with the Massachusetts office on disability, shall investigate alternatives to the current eligibility review for The Ride program for those living in nursing homes and other institutional settings. The authority shall review feasible alternatives that would reduce the burdens associated with applying for eligibility for those living in nursing homes and other institutional settings, including, but not be limited to, eliminating the required trip to The Ride eligibility center, holding eligibility screenings in various locations, waiving the in-person interview for residents of certain facilities and holding eligibility screenings at nursing homes and other institutional settings. The authority shall submit its findings to the joint committee on elder affairs and the joint committee on transportation not later than January 1, 2014.