Judge orders Illinois to pay more toward Medicaid bills

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the state of Illinois to pay $286 million more toward Medicaid bills every month and an additional $1 billion during the next year. U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow’s ruling on Friday came after lawyers representing Medicaid patients and attorneys for the state were unable to agree on a plan to pay down a $3 billion backlog owed to health care providers. Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the ruling may mean cuts in payments to pension funds and local governments.