Increased Revenues Mean Payments Go Out for Health Care Services

Apr 27, 2017

The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

Comptroller Susan Mendoza on Wednesday said the money will go to nearly a dozen managed-care operations in Illinois serving Medicaid patients. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Mendoza's office says those organizations can use the money to pay doctors, hospitals and mental-health counselors.

In addition to the $800 million the office says it also plans to issue more than $150 million in payments directly to hospitals.

The payments come as the state of Illinois has a bill backlog of more than $11.8 billion amid the lack of a state budget.

Democrats in the state Legislature and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner have been amid a budget impasse since June 2015.