Health
3:39 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Bill Dealing With Medicaid Late Payments Has Support in Kentucky Senate

A bill moving Medicaid late payment claims to the Department of Insurance appears to have some support in the state Senate.

House Bill 5 would take prompt pay issues with the Medicaid managed care system and put it through the Insurance Department's current claims process. Currently, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services deal with late claims.

Sen. Julie Denton, chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said she plans to give the bill a hearing and supports the bill's attempts to make managed care organizations pay providers.

"I think anything we can do to have more oversight and more assistance in keeping them in compliance with their contracts is a welcome breath of fresh air," she said.

Senate President Robert Stivers said he has concerns about the bill affecting the MCOs contracts with the state. But he said his chamber will take a look at the bill.

"If possible to do, we want to do. But we do not want to interfere and allow the system to be blown up and laid at our feet for something we didn't create," he said.

The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.