Day three of the United States of America federal government shutdown over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has forced the District of Columbia Department of Healthcare Finance to announce a delay in Medicaid and Alliance payments.
The District of Columbia Department of Healthcare Finance said that due to the United States Congress failure to pass a budget for fiscal year 2014, DHCF will not be able to make the payments at this time. In a statement just released to Examiner.com the department explained why the payments will be delayed. The
"Due to the failure of the United States Congress to pass a budget for fiscal year 2014 and the District’s resulting budget difficulties, at this time, the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) is not in a position to pay the managed care organizations or fee-for-service providers for the health care services delivered to the District’s Medicaid and Alliance beneficiaries. Effective immediately, DHCF is unable to make any provider payments during the course of the federal shutdown. As a result, all provider payments scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2013 will not be made,” DHCF said.
The news of the delay in payment from DHCF is only the beginning of reports of changes in how the District of Columbia government will be able to process and pay delayed managed care capitated payments and allowable fee for service claims as a result of the shutdown of the American government. DHCF has stated that they will pay claims as soon as the District of Columbia’s fiscal year 2014 budget is approved by the United States Congress.
The agency said that the federal shutdown does not impact DHCF’s $30 million grant program which is being implemented as a part of a court-ordered settlement to pay claims unpaid by Chartered Health Plan in fiscal year 2013. Providers who have not submitted their grant applications are encouraged to do so prior to the October 15, 2013 deadline. DHCF will process payments for all completed and approved grant applications as they are received.
DHCF also asks that all District of Columbia residents to take note that the Health Care Administration (HCRIA) has moved from 899 North Capitol Street, NE to One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The telephone number remains the same.
All changes to customer service caused by the government shutdown will be updated daily.