SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois officials say an accounting error caused worthless checks to be sent to several state health care providers.
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokeswoman Annie Thompson says the checks that began bouncing last month are unrelated to the state budget crisis.
The checks were issued by St. Louis-based HealthLink. The health care network pays out insurance claims for state employees and their dependents.
HealthLink spokeswoman Deborah Wiethop says an unknown number of checks bounced throughout the state for about a week. But she says the company confirmed Friday that the state has deposited money into an account for health care payments.
Providers can submit for repayments on HealthLink's Web site.
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