In the News - R.I. Treatment Centers Raise Alarm Over Delayed Medicaid Reimbursement

By G. Wayne Miller, Providence Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — A statewide coalition of nonprofit behavioral healthcare and substance-abuse treatment centers has gone public with concerns about delays in receiving state Medicaid reimbursement for services they provide.

Delays in cash flow affect staff and management operations, thus imperiling vital care for thousands of vulnerable Rhode Islanders, providers said. In response, the state acknowledged concerns but asserted they are being properly and promptly addressed.

In a letter to Gov. Gina Raimondo, Lynda A. Stein, chairwoman of Woonsocket-based Community Care Alliance, wrote of “the negative impact to our workforce and ultimately to the persons we serve who have severe and persistent mental illness” or are battling addiction. Problems, she wrote, “are growing exponentially greater by the week.”

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