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“This impasse has created a scenario where dentists are unwilling to see patients using state health insurance without an upfront payment because they know they will get stiffed by the state. This legislation will guarantee dentists get paid without forcing patients to front the cost.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – Dentists doing business with the state will now be able to get some of the money they are owed under legislation that passed the Senate today. Senate Bill 634 allows the state establish a vendor payment program for dentists that provide services to state employees.

In the two-year budget impasse, dental providers have not received payment for services they provide to the state, and as a result have been hampered by late fees along with accrued interest.

Under the new legislation, qualified buyers will be allowed to purchase the rights to backlogged bills owed to dentists. For the purchase, the dentist will transfer all rights concerning the payment. Dental providers will be able to use the program until a budget funding state employee dental benefits is passed.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), whose district includes thousands of employees of the University of Illinois with state employee health insurance, sponsored the legislation.

“Dentists as a whole are owed hundreds of millions of dollars by the state because of a lack of budget,” Bennett said. “This impasse has created a scenario where dentists are unwilling to see patients using state health insurance without an upfront payment because they know they will get stiffed by the state. This legislation will guarantee dentists get paid without forcing patients to front the cost.”

The measure passed the Senate unopposed and now goes to the House of Representatives.

 
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