By The Associated Press

GOP: Quinn delaying checks of Medicaid eligibility

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican leaders accuse the Quinn administration of dragging its feet on a new effort to make sure Medicaid goes only to people who qualify. But they also acknowledge the governor has hit a key target date.

Illinois wants to keep a closer eye on Medicaid to ensure the health care program is only used by people who meet eligibility requirements. Gov. Pat Quinn was given 90 days to hire a company to conduct the reviews.

Quinn met that deadline but says the company needs three months of preparation before it starts.

Republican legislative leaders Christine Radogno (rah-DOHN'-yoh) and Tom Cross said Monday that Quinn is taking too long. They want eligibility reviews to start in two weeks so Illinois can save as much money as possible.

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