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Cash Starting to Flow to Illinois’ Unpaid Bills – But “Backlog” Still Alive and Well
Posted on: 11/17/2017

If you treat Medicaid patients, and/or state government workers and retirees covered under the State Employees Group Insurance Program (SEGIP), there may be some relief in sight regarding the logjam of unpaid claims.  

While Illinois' budget fiasco left a backlog of unpaid bills in its wake, a $6 billion bond sale last month has been the impetus for the State of Illinois to start paying off part of its $16.7 billion heap of past-due bills.  

While this is positive news, the state estimates that with these new payments, the 25-month backlog for claims submitted in the SEGIP will now be reduced to 12 months.

It’s expected that $2.5 billion will be designated for Medicaid and $4 billion for past-due bills owed for medical care provided through SEGIP – with some unpaid claims dating as far back as June 2015!

The bond sale essentially refinances a portion of the state’s debt. The comptroller's office plans to prioritize payments eligible for federal matching funds and those that carry the highest late-payment penalties. 

To find out if any of the Medicaid payments will trickle down to you, consider calling the managed care organization(s) in which you participate for more information.

If you have any questions, contact the ISMS advocacy team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or send an email.

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