In Stoddard County, the effects of the government shutdown are evident. The offices of the USDA offices on Highway 25 north of Dexter are closed. The Mingo Wildlife Refuge is inaccessible. And now the Stoddard County Transit Service will cease its daily operations effective Wednesday/today, due to a directive received last week from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Senior Multimodal Operations Specialist Bryan Heckman. MoDOT provides half of the Transit Service funding. On average, the service provides approximately 100 transports per week in the county. That number includes what is referred to as daily "Logisticare" trips, defined as those patients on Medicaid who need medical transports to physician's appointments as far away as Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff. A significant portion of individuals utilizing the Transit Service are elderly and handicapped residents. Along with MoDOT, the service is funded through Medicaid transfers, funding from the City of Dexter, the Stoddard County Commission, the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, and through donations.
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