CMS: Illinois Behind On State Employee Insurance Payments

The department in charge of state employee benefits says Illinois is more than $1 billion behind on its health insurance payments.

Chris Slaby reports:

Doctors have to wait as long as a year after they provide health care to a state worker before they’re reimbursed by the state. Marcia Armstrong is a liaison between the state’s Central Management Services and the Illinois legislature.

She said the insurance backlog totals $1.6 billion now — and could jump another $200 million by the summer.

ARMSTRONG: “We can pay group insurance claims from any fiscal year. So we have the ability to pay those old claims out of future appropriations.”

But that means past obligations are taking up money meant to pay future bills.

Armstrong points out that the longer Illinois takes to pay health care providers, the more it’s costing the state.

Illinois is charged interest when it takes longer than 90 days to pay a bill.

Some medical providers have required state employees pay upfront for healthcare — then it’s the patient waiting to get reimbursed by the state.

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12 Responses to CMS: Illinois Behind On State Employee Insurance Payments

  1. Tough Love says:

    Sooner of later Illinois is going to have to own up to the FACT that he promised Public Sector pensions and heathcare are going to be paid.

    It will certainly be interesting watching from the sideline as all the little piggies (who demanded so much more than a fair share of the Taxpayers’ money) fight for the few remaining crumbs.

  2. eatingdogfood says:

    If The Democrats Didn’t Give ” Sweetheart Deals ” To Your Public Service Union.
    Goon Employees To Get Reelected; You Would Have Plenty Of Money and The.
    Taxpayer would have Some Spare Change in His Pockets! Democratic Hustler
    Politicians + Corrupt Union Goons = BANKRUPTCY BABY! Time To Bring.
    RICO Conspiracy Charges Against The Hustler Corrupt Democrats and the.
    Criminal Unions!

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