What does $15 billion in overdue bills mean for doctors and hospitals in Illinois?

From Modern Healthcare (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

Illinois may finally have a budget, but it could take months, even years, for the state to pay down its $15 billion in overdue bills.

What does that mean for health care providers? Be patient. You’re in for a long wait.

Of the bill backlog that swelled amid the state’s epic budget war, about $3 billion is owed to health insurers contracted to cover the bulk of the state’s Medicaid recipients. That debt has created a domino effect: Insurers have slowed or completely stopped making payments to doctors, who have struggled to pay their staff and been forced to turn away the state’s most vulnerable patients.

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