|By Hannah Poturalski, Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The local workers -- part of a pool of 29,000 providers in the state -- are facing delays in having claims processed by the insurance companies Molina and Aetna, now under contract with the state of
The new program launched
Since the launch, MyCare Ohio plans have paid
Streibick said Aetna owes her over
"We are sorry that this situation has caused delayed payments to some health care workers," said
Hutchings said it's been due to "technical reasons" that the providers haven't gotten their claims fulfilled. He said providers who've been identified as not getting paid have been placed on a "priority list."
"We're working to get cash into people's hands," Hutchings said.
Streibick said for the first time in over a decade she had to file a paper claim to Aetna.
"Talk about going backwards," Streibick said. "We should charge interest on the money they owe us."
Streibick said for one client in
"I worry about her from a nursing standpoint," Streibick said."No one's following through. I've been on the phone every day. What kind of accident are they waiting for?"
Streibick said after two months of non-payment, she's now leaving being an independent provider to work for a larger agency that can get claims processed more timely.
Other independent providers on that same woman's case in
Streibick said for her clients on the Molina plan, she's able to enter claims online but has still only received one check from Molina since June.
"There's nothing we can do to get these providers paid," Petrie said.