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State $200 Million Behind in Payments to Agencies Providing Care to Thousands of Older Illinoisans
Date:12/10/2009

ers the dire circumstances that exist in their communities because of the State's failure to pay providers," said Bob Thieman, Executive Director for the Illinois Association of Community Care Program Home Care Providers (IACCPHCP). "The bottom line is that seniors will not receive the care they need, and providers will not be able to deliver that care, leaving thousands of Illinois residents at risk."

Advocates underscored that the State needs to understand the chain reaction that would result from its failure to meet its obligations. When care providers are not paid, they cannot pay their rent, cover business expenses, or make payroll - which makes up nearly 90% of revenue for these service-intensive providers.

If they cannot tap into credit, which is often the case, they are left with no alternative but to lay off employees, cut back services, refuse new clients and shut their doors, forcing thousands of older adults into costly and often unsafe institutional care.

SOURCE AARP Illinois


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