Quinn steps up payment on overdue state bills

April 14, 2009 5:11:28 AM PDT
Governor Pat Quinn is speeding up payment of overdue bills, so the state can qualify for more federal money. Illinois has fallen far behind on bills, especially to hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies that care for the poor. Federal economic stimulus money can help cover Medicaid costs, but only if states reduce their payment cycle to 30 days or less, by June 1.

Illinois is using $200 million in stimulus money to pay those past due bills.