Seward Pushes Measure to Get Early Intervention Service Providers Paid
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Republican State Senator Jim Seward has introduced a bill to make sure those that provide services to children with special needs are paid in a timely manner.
Working with Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon Seward who chairs the Senate Insurance Committee have introduced legislation to preserve the State’s Early Intervention Program and make certain that children with special needs receive the care they need.
The legislation requires the state to make prompt payment to early intervention providers and ensures that retroactive payments will be made to providers who have been waiting for reimbursement since a new state system went into effect on April 1.
As part of the 2012 - 2013 state budget, a central statewide administrator of the Early Intervention Program was approved with an eye toward mandate relief for counties which were then responsible for managing billing of the program, according to the release. The rollout of the program, however, has proved to be problematic and many providers have not been reimbursed for their services.
Senator Seward added, “The goal of this change was to cut red tape for counties and create a more efficient system – so far those objectives have not been met. This legislation will remedy the situation.”
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