Illinois making health care payments for dead residents

SPRINGFIELD - A new report released by the Illinois State's Auditor General's Office has found that the state has continued to pay for health care for residents who have died.

According to the report, the state paid approximately $3.7 million for medical care to about 1,100 deceased individuals.  The report also found that almost 6,000 residents were still eligible to receive medical services even though they were listed as deceased in other state or federal records.

Millions of dollars were also paid for services to deceased individuals in 2013.  According to an Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokesman, about 99.9 percent of 2014's payments are expected to be recovered from insurance companies.
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