The state's top healthcare regulator is getting serious about getting Illinois hospitals to toe the line on Medicaid.  Julie Hamos has ordered the state to withhold more the five-million dollars in payments from eleven medical centers that refused to meet a state deadline to sign up with one of two state-endorsed insurance companies. 

Hamos, the state's director of Healthcare and Family Services, says the state must plug a two-point-seven-billion dollar hole in the Medicaid system, and she needs hospitals to comply with state mandates.  The hospitals involved say the insurers are not offering acceptable terms and that they will fight Hamos on her rulings.

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