06/05/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Illinois Can't Pay State Employee Health Claims

Chicagoist learns that the State's finances are so in the hole, it can't even keep up with the health and dental insurance claims of its tens of thousands of employees.

As of April 2, 2010, dental providers had only been paid for claims through December 11, 2009, while health care providers have it much worse -- QCHP-contracted providers have only been paid for claims through September 11 of last year, while non-QCHP-contracted providers have only been paid through August 14. Not only are payments severely late, but until the State can get caught up the hole just gets deeper and deeper -- any claims that take longer than 30 days to pay (which is currently all of them) incur a charge of 9% interest.

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