By: Todd Bookman
New Hampshire Public Radio
Anthem Blue Cross is working to clear a backlog of claims resulting in delayed payments for some medical providers in the state that an industry group says has grown into hundreds of millions of dollars.
The delayed payments, which have drawn the attention of the New Hampshire Insurance Department, appear part of a nationwide trend of unpaid claims by Anthem, the country’s second-largest insurance company.
After Anthem allegedly began falling behind on payments, the New Hampshire Hospital Association surveyed 22 hospitals twice, in May and September. According to the survey, the hospitals report that Anthem, the state’s largest health insurer, has failed to process $300 million in claims submissions, with $181 million of that outstanding debt more than 30 days old.