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Owner of Buffalo Transportation seeks to start home health care agency

One of the owners of Buffalo Transportation, the former taxi company that now provides non-emergency medical transports, is seeking permission from state regulators to open a home health care agency in the area.

Gary Yuzbashev has filed an application with the state Health Department to start Buffalo Homecare, which he said would offer home care services in Erie and Niagara counties once it wins the necessary approval.

The company would be based in Buffalo and have five to 10 home health care aides initially, Yuzbashev said in an interview Monday, but he projects that it could grow to 100 employees within three years.

“There’s a huge deal of need, and I believe that this is something that will grow,” he said.

Yuzbashev is co-owner of Buffalo Transportation, which was a taxi cab company until about four years ago. He shifted to non-emergency medical transportation, ferrying people in wheelchairs, people on stretchers and schoolchildren with disabilities, among other services.

The company has about 200 workers and receives much of its revenue from Medicaid, along with private funding sources.