Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 21:11
A state audit suggests 10,000 more children could get
government-sponsored health insurance- if the state changed the way it
processes medical claims.
According to State Auditor Les Merritt’s report,
claims could be processed cheaper by the state Department of Health and Human
Services than by the state employee health plan office- saving 8.4 million a
year for medical bills and $7.5 million prescription costs. 114,000 children have
the coverage. The insurance covers many low-income children whose families do
not qualify for Medicaid- and cannot buy insurance. State health officials seek
to change the law to allow bills to be processed by the health insurance-
freeing up to 16 million dollars.