Southern Arizona babies at risk of losing services

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Providers say hundreds of babies and toddlers in southern Arizona risk losing vital therapy services because of the state's low rates and slow reimbursement to contractors.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Easter Seals Blake Foundation is discontinuing four of its seven contracts at the end of the month. The state owes the foundation about $500,000.

The other agency providing early intervention services in southern Arizona, Child & Family Resources, is owed about $400,000.

But officials with Arizona's Early Intervention Program say the state is working on finalizing contracts with new providers to cover children who qualify for the program, which helps children under 3 years old who have physical disabilities or developmental delays.

The state has also hired a consultant to help with the billing problems.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com