CENTEREACH - Therapists with New York’s Early Intervention Program claim they haven’t been paid in months.
The program provides free therapy to children up to 3 years old who have disabilities or developmental delays. The billing issues are forcing some facilities to cease early intervention services.
Occupational therapist Rita Johnston Lyons tells News 12 Long Island the issue started in April when the state took over insurance and billing responsibilities from the counties. John Hofmayer, of PPT Therapies in Commack, says his facility is owed close to $100,000.
The state told News 12 it is working closely with commercial insurers to resolve issues related to outstanding payments. Still, a number of therapists are planning a rally in Albany for next week.
“The kids are going to suffer eventually,” says Lyons. “Because I know therapists that can’t pay their bills because they're not getting paid.”