9:58 am
Tue May 2, 2006

Taskforce to consider electronic health insurance cards

Kansas City, MO – A governor's appointed taskforce in Kansas wants to develop electronic health insurance ID cards to help streamline the administrative process of filing insurance claims. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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Kansans might only carry one electronic health insurance card in the future. With a swipe of the card a patient's insurance coverage information would be available and claims could be electronically processed.
In a written statement Lt. Governor John Moore says it now costs $16 to process each denied insurance claim because providers have incomplete information. He says electronic access to patient's health insurance coverage will help eliminate these expenses.
The use of electronic health insurance cards state wide, he says, could cut unnecessary administrative costs and simplify the process for patients.

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