SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois
Republicans are decrying what they call a "backroom deal" to oust a
company successfully scrubbing Medicaid roles of ineligible clients.
An arbitrator ruled
Tuesday that the contract between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Maximus to root
out fraud in the Medicaid health care program for low-income patients will end
Much of the work will
eventually be transferred to state employees after a complaint by the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. State employees have
to review Maximus' work.
Republican Sen. Dale
Righter of Mattoon
(MAT'-toon) says Maximus has a "stunning" Medicaid-removal rate of 40
percent -- 127,000 cases out of 316,000 reviewed. He wants to challenge the ruling;
Quinn dropped an appeal. He denies any "backroom deal."
The administration will
hire hundreds of employees.
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