On December 7, Representatives Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced legislation to ensure that Medicaid providers are paid in an appropriate timeframe. The Fair Pay to Medicaid Providers Act of 2011 (H.R. 3587) would require state Medicaid agencies to reimburse all providers in a timely manner.
Current law only requires prompt Medicaid payments to physicians with “90 percent of claims to physicians in 30 days and the remainder within 90 day.” Any delay of payment for care provided to patients can jeopardize facility operations and make it difficult to pay employees.
“This legislation guarantees that health care providers are paid in a timely manner so that they can focus on helping those in need without worrying about how they are going to meet their financial obligations,” states Bilbray.
“This is a common sense bill directed to patients,” said Eshoo. “Our healthcare professionals and facilities deserve to be reimbursed in a predictable and consistent timeframe in order to provide optimal care to those in need. We must ensure that our communities’ most vulnerable citizens do not face a disruption in healthcare services, and our bipartisan bill helps to make sure their care is not held up by red tape and bureaucracy.”
Both lawmakers serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee with jurisdiction over Medicaid.ANCOR is reaching out to both representatives in support of their legislation.