Early Release FAQ

  1. What is an Early Release
    1. An Early Release is a courtesy given to a provider that allows them to receive an acceleration of their regularly scheduled payment (once per 52-weeks) release. To maximize this benefit, please make a request one or two business days before the requested check's issue date.
  2. What is the difference between the "issue date" vs "send date"
    1. The issue date is the date the funds become available. Funds can not be release prior to this date (even if you ask for an early release).
    2. The Send Date is the regularly scheduled date the funds will be mailed, or when EFT payments are sent.
  3. How will I know if I have been approved for an early release after I submit my request
    1. The lag@health.ny.gov administrator will send you an email.
  4. How do you determine if I am NOT eligible for an ER
    1. The lag@health.ny.gov administrator will check eMedNY to determine if you have a payment available.
    2. Per NYS Policy, Early Release payments are allowed ONCE EVERY 52 WEEKS. If you have already received an early release within the last 52 weeks, you do not qualify.
  5. Who do I call for questions/concerns regarding: billing, payments, change of address or EFT/Check concerns
    1. Please visit www.eMedNY.org.
  6. How long does it take for the EFT payment to be deposited into my account
    1. Please allow 24 to 48 hours from when your request is approved for the payment to be available in your EFT account.
  7. What is an MMIS number?
    1. The MMIS number is the 8-digit Medicaid Provider Identification number used in eMedNY to identify a provider.
  8. I am a provider/facility suffering financial hardship what else can I do to seek assistance
    1. By visiting the LAG (link) page, you can apply for a suspension from the two-week Medicaid payment lag.
  9. I have multiple payments available in eMedNY, can I request more than one payment to be Early Released

No, only ONE payment is eligible to be released every 52 weeks.