Tax-Season Revenue Lets Illinois Comproller Pay Some Bills

Apr 27, 2017

Susana Mendoza

Increased revenues coming in to state coffers during tax season have allowed the Illinois Comptroller to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Wednesday that the money will go to nearly a dozen managed-care operations in Illinois serving Medicaid patients, according to the State Journal-Register.  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 Thursday.

The state of Illinois has a bill backlog of more than $11.8 billion due to the lack of a state budget. Democrats in the state Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been at an impasse since June 2015.