When I first opened my dental practice, I made a choice to locate my office in an underserved area of the state. I firmly believe that all people in Illinois should have access to care, regardless of their income.
Many of the people I serve are unable to afford health insurance and are eligible for coverage through the state and federal government. As a dentist, I am then, in turn, reimbursed from the State for the services I provide.
However, those reimbursements don't always come in a timely manner. Oftentimes, there are 90- to 120-day delays in payments. This lag can have serious consequences for both business and residents and reaches providers in dozens of fields including those who serve seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
The longer the delay, the more difficult it is for businesses to grow and flourish. Businesses need a consistent, reliable cash flow. Otherwise, they may pull out of low-income areas, leaving families in already under-served areas with even fewer choices, and putting an additional strain on the service providers that do remain.
As Comptroller, I will streamline and expedite payments to all service providers and small business owners, creating a consistent payment schedule. I will also prioritize payments to those in under-served areas, recognizing the necessity of their work and honoring their commitment to the community.