The health care claims of nearly 150,000 state workers and retirees are no longer being paid due to the budget stalemate.
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services says without a budget, it can't make claim payments to self-insured plans, such as Cigna, HealthLink OAP, Coventry OAP and Delta Dental, which cover 149,658 state workers, retirees, and their dependents.
AFSCME Council 31 spokesman Anders Lindall says this is a change from what the department promised when the fiscal year began, and it's possible the union will take the state to court to force claims to be paid.
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"Certainly we know that state employees are only getting paychecks before our union and others went to court as a group and secured a court order to make sure that paychecks are provided, so if there is a legal avenue for us to take, we'll be fully prepared to do that," Lindall says.
CMS spokesman Meredith Krantz says claims for another 213,000 people covered under fully insured state employee health plans, like Health Alliance, Coventry HMO, BlueAdvantage and HMO Illinois will continue to be paid. She adds that no one's coverage hasn't been reduced, but health care providers will have to wait to be paid for claims under the self-insured plans.