With cash-strapped Illinois facing a backlog of Medicaid bills, Comptroller Dan Hynes this week called on federal authorities to increase Medicaid funding to Illinois and other states to ensure payments keep flowing to struggling service providers.

Hynes urged the action in a letter to the state’s U.S. senators, Richard Durbin and presidential contender Barack Obama, both Democrats. Hynes said reduced tax revenues and tightened credit markets caused by the current financial crisis are severely undermining Illinois’ ability to administer its Medicaid program.

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