Crisis in Illinois. Order in the court.
Yesterday Judge Lefkow ordered the State of Illinois to negotiate a plan with us to pay over $2 billion in overdue Medicaid bills. The State’s failure to pay as a result of a three-year budget impasse puts millions of adults and children — as well as the entire safety net health system — at risk. Read the entire press release here and the court order here.
Will this be the “crisis” Illinois needs to hammer out a budget and revenue solutions?
There may not be much time left to tell.
Here’s a partial round up of press coverage:
- Reuters, Illinois Gets June 20 Deadline to Boost Medicaid Funding
- Crain’s, Judge to Illinois comptroller: State must pay Medicaid providers more
- WTTW, Judge Rules on State Payments to Medicaid Providers
- U.S. News and World Report, Judge Rules Illinois Not in Compliance on Medicaid Payments (Associated Press)
- Politico, JUDGE orders STATE to tackle MEDICAID backlog — COOK COUNTY’s broken PROPERTY TAX system — STATE budget DEFICIT tops $6B
- Chicago Tribune, Judge orders state to make ‘substantial’ dent in $2 billion backlog owed to Medicaid
- Illinois Public Radio, Judge Orders Faster Medicaid Payments
- Journal Standard.com, Judge rules Illinois not in compliance on Medicaid payments
- Bloomberg, Illinois Ordered to Negotiate Over $2 Billion Medicaid Debt
- Cook County Record, Federal judge: State can’t keep skimping on Medicaid while fully funding worker pay, debt obligations