A U.S. judge on Friday dealt a
major financial blow to Illinois by ordering the cash-strapped
state to pay $586 million a month to Medicaid providers to
ensure continued medical care for poor and disabled residents.

The order by Judge Joan Lefkow also stipulated that Illinois
send $2 billion to Medicaid providers during the fiscal year
that starts on Saturday to pay down the existing $3.1 billion
backlog of unpaid bills.
(Reporting by Dave McKinney; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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U.S. judge orders Illinois to boost payments on Medicaid bills