Illinois owes Springfield hospitals $76 million

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois owes Springfield’s two largest hospitals $76 million for the care of state workers, retirees and dependents, an amount that continues to grow due to the state’s budget impasse. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports Memorial Medical Center is owed $46.3 million from the State Employees’ Group Health Insurance Program. The hospital also is owed $10.9 million in Medicaid bills. Chief Executive Officer Edgar Curtis says the not-for-profit hospital isn’t going to lay off any workers, freeze hiring or downsize any programs that affect patients. HSHS St. John’s Hospital is owed about $30 million for the care of state employees and others covered by the group insurance plan. However, CEO Dr. Charles Lucore says the hospital won’t postpone plans to construct a $40 million medical office building for Southern Illinois University Medical School doctors focused on women and children.