Nixon orders review of delayed health insurance payments

JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri insurance department is looking into whether health insurers are unreasonably delaying payments to doctors and hospitals.

The review ordered Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon comes as the department says it has received thousands of complaints from health care providers involving unpaid claims.

State insurance department director John Huff says small and rural medical facilities often are strained the most when insurance payments are slow to arrive.

The insurance department plans to survey dozens of medical providers across the state this fall to determine the extent of the problem. It is to make recommendations by the end of the year on whether stricter prompt-pay laws are needed.