Illinois’ Late Payments Could Cost Medicaid Patients Access To Doctors

From WBEZ:

More than two dozen doctors, health care providers and insurance companies are warning a federal judge in Chicago that they may stop serving hundreds of thousands of poor patients in Illinois if the state government continues to delay its court-ordered Medicaid reimbursement payments.

 Amid the ongoing state budget impasse, 25 Medicaid service providers, including the insurance giants Aetna and Meridian, filed federal court affidavits Friday saying the state has been too slow in doling out Medicaid reimbursement money. That’s even though federal Judge Joan Lefkow ordered that the state pay for Medicaid nearly two years ago when the budget stalemate began.
The calls for faster payment come from managed care organizations, or MCOs, which receive Medicaid payments from the state and pass that money on to doctors and other health care providers. They argue the state is now so late in reimbursing them that it’s in violation of the judge’s order.

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