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R. Sargent Shriver

Judge: State must pay Cook County providers of Medicaid

A federal judge says payments to Cook County Medicaid providers must continue even without a state budget. U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow ordered the payments Thursday after advocates for Medicaid recipients brought the matter to court. The Chicago Tribune reports ( Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration tried to avoid payments. It asked providers of the federal-state health program for poor and disabled people to continue offering care during the impasse and to wait for reimbursement. The first-term Republican governor and Democrat-controlled Legislature remain deadlocked on a July 1 fiscal year budget. The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and AIDS...