Sen. Seward: Some health providers still not getting paid

By Conor Mooney

Sen. Seward: Some health providers still not getting paid

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 10:33 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A payment system for early childhood intervention has made parents and providers upset.

State Sen. James Seward, R-51, says providers of the Early Childhood intervention program are not still not being fully reimbursed by the state.

As a result, children are not getting the treatment they need, Seward said.

In a letter to Health Department Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, he urged the department to quickly solve the problem, and reimburse the providers.

On April 1, the state took over the claims process from counties.

The 2012-2013 state budget was approved with an "eye toward" mandate relief for counties, Seward said.

Seward said the department has announced a plan to "loan" the providers 75 percent of the payment, but not the full amount.

The state's health department has not yet commented.