Judge: Illinois Medicaid Payments Must Be Made Faster

There may be some relief in sight for in-home care providers waiting on Medicaid payments in the state of Illinois, thanks to a federal judgment ordering the state’s comptroller to pay reimbursements faster.

The Prairie State has had an ongoing budget crisis, without a formal budget in place, for two years. Some in-home care providers are owed tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments from the state.

With $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills, according to the Chicago Tribune, the situation in Illinois has grown dire over the last two years. Federal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow ordered Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza to begin making a “substantial” dent in the overdue Medicaid payments in early June. 

Lawyers for the state and those representing Medicaid recipients have until June 20 to negotiate compliance with the judge’s orders.

Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS), which recently moved its headquarters from the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois, to Frisco, Texas, is one company that has struggled as a result of the Illinois budget stalemate. The provider recently recovered more than $40 million in receivables from Illinois, though Addus is still waiting on more Medicaid payments.

Written by Amy Baxter