ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State's Early Intervention Program helps families who have children with disabilities, but the specialists and therapists working with the state say they have not been paid in months.
Before April 1st, providers would submit all of their payment claims through the county they worked in. Then the county would work with the state and insurance companies to get re-reimbursed.
A year ago, in an effort to streamline this process and take the burden away from the counties, the state said the providers would now deal with a state for payment. Since this switch, providers say payments have been slow or have not come at all.
Some say they have not been paid since April, and others are out nearly 80 percent of what they have billed.
When they ask for answers, they say they're met with insurance companies who say they can't help them.
"I personally have received 16 percent of billable claims since April 1st," says Speech Language Pathologist Michelle Ring. "We are not sure what it is, the one area where we are not getting paid is insurance, and getting an answer to why is very unclear at this point."
We are still waiting for a statement from the Department of Health who oversees this program.