State insurance payments delayed by Blue Cross

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Doctors, hospitals and other providers aren’t getting paid for the care they deliver to a quarter-million state employees and retirees insured through the Office of Group Benefits.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana recently took over the management of the agency that had overseen health care coverage for state employees and retirees.

The Advocate reports ( ) Blue Cross notified the state by letters that payments would be delayed while computer programs were upgraded.

Blue Cross says patients should not be affected, but physicians and health care providers may not get paid for six to eight weeks.

Brian Keller, a senior vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, said the computer alterations deal with health plans benefit changes made by the state agency and were finalized Dec. 11.


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