By RONNIE ELLIS
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday he had vetoed a bill to expedite disputes between Medicaid managed care companies and providers over prompt payment of claims, but said he will implement a plan to comply with the intent of the bill.
House Bill 5, sponsored by Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would require such disputes to be resolved by the Department of Insurance rather than the Department of Medicaid Services. But Beshear said other language in the bill was “expanding the reviews by DOI beyond the prompt pay disputes” and might conflict with contracts signed by the managed care companies (MCOs) and providers.
But Beshear said he “understands and appreciate the intent behind the bill” and agreed complaints about prompt payment need to be addressed.
“While we must address the prompt pay issue,” Beshear said, “we must also address the resistance by some providers and patients to the change in culture that is required” by managed care.
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