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Audit: State Wait Times for Nursing Care Claims 3 Months

Audit: State Wait Times for Nursing Care Claims 3 Months

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

An  Illinois audit has found that more than half of those seeking state-paid nursing home care have been waiting more than 90 days for a decision on their cases.

A review by Auditor General William Holland shows a backlog. That’s despite a new law and state money to hire more employees to run the program.  The audit said that 4,200 people waiting for a long-term care determination as of July 1. More than 2,100 of those cases are more than 90 days old.

The state took steps last year to erase the backlog. Officials opened processing centers in Chicago and central Illinois.

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