Many healthcare providers in the state have been treating state workers with the expectation of a delayed payment by the state. In the past, healthcare providers have seen payments delayed by longer than eight months, according to the CMS.
"As the budget impasse continues, it may become increasingly difficult for providers to offer services without being paid," said Kevin Bame, the vice chancellor of Finance and Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
"As the budget crisis continues to drag on, medical providers may be making some hard decisions and requiring our employees to put something down before services are rendered," Bame said.
The same could happen for all state employees covered under the SEGIP. However, Bame said most providers are continuing to operate as normal.