All vendors continue to receive and process healthcare claims accordingly. That’s the latest statement from Central Management Services in the ongoing uncertainty on the impacts of the budget impasses on state employee health benefits. CMS says that all healthcare services will continue to be paid as long as possible but in the near future they will no longer have the legal authority to pay healthcare vendors for their services.
A statement from CMS says for more than a decade the state has had a lengthy hold cycle for payments owed to healthcare providers and the backlog will be extended even longer due to the budget impasse. A spokesperson for the Illinois Hospital Association says they are deeply concerned the failure of the state to pay providers will soon jeopardize access to health care for patients and communities throughout the state. IHA says they will continue to urge the Governor and the General Assembly to find common ground on the state budget. CMS says they were paying vendors with any leftover FY15 money but that funding has now been exhausted. It’s now into Week No. 11 of the current fiscal year and there’s still no budget in place.