As a follow-up to the recent Healthcare Info Sessions, one of the questions we received was: "Did the recent stopgap budget provide any funding for state employee healthcare payments? That is, will it result in state funds being used to pay claims again?"
In brief, CMS has confirmed that it will. The following notice is posted on the CMS website:
"In light of the recent StopGap Budget funding appropriations, CMS is actively reaching out to all of our carriers and working together to schedule the release of claim payments. We will notify our constituents when those funds are scheduled to be released. Please keep in mind, the StopGap Budget did not fully fund our program from previous fiscal years. Please be patient as we implement the administration of the StopGap Budget and associated payment schedules."
You may view the dates listed on the CMS Claim Payment Delay website to determine if your claim is in the date range of those being released at any given time. This site is updated daily as claims are processed and funds are released.
As CMS mentions, all of our continued patience is very much appreciated, as this will certainly help but not completely solve the claim delays.
Additional questions and answers from the healthcare info sessions are being compiled, and will be posted in NESSIE as they become available.