State Senator James Seward has announced his strong support to find a swift solution to a billing system situation that is placing early intervention program services for special needs children at risk.

Seward says parents and dedicated providers have complained about the EI program payment system, saying providers are not being paid and children in need of vital services are going without the care they need.

"I'm also troubled by the fact that an out-of-state company is taking over the early intervention programs billing operation," Seward said. "That seems to run counter to the governor's New York Open for Business campaign, which is designed to attract and grow businesses right here in New York."

Seward says the goal of the change was to cut red tape and create a more efficient system, but so far those objectives have not been met and the State Health Department needs to remedy the situation immediately.

More From WZOZ