In early December, California Congressman Brian Bilbray, along with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, filed H.R. 3587 – the Fair Payment to Medicaid Providers Act. This Act will apply federal prompt payment requirements to all providers that are billed for services of Medicaid eligible individuals. This includes providers like Ray Graham Association!
What does this mean? H.R. 3587 would require that states pay 90% of all clean Medicaid claims within 30 days of the date of receipt. States would also have to pay 99% of claims in 90 days. This is a big deal! As the State shuffles through the backlogs of unpaid bills, nonprofit providers like Ray Graham Association wait months to receive payments.
You can help make a difference!
Simply write a brief letter or make a telephone call to your Member of Congress at their Washington, D.C. office. Directory: http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_id
If you decide to call, ask to speak with the Health Legislative Assistant. Whether you call or write a letter, be sure to ask that your Member of Congress co-sponsor H.R. 3587. Tell your Member of Congress that organizations like Ray Graham Association have been waiting for payments since July. Be sure to express how important it is to have community-based services for children and adults with disabilities.
Thank you for your assistance!