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Shutdown worries retirees, workers

Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The federal government’s partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois state workers and retirees.

That’s because recipients of various state health insurance programs need to supply documents from the Internal Revenue Service to a state contractor by late October in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive coverage.

But the ongoing government shutdown means the IRS isn’t providing the federal transcripts, which has some Illinois residents scrambling, according to a report by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers.

The audit is being conducted by Illinois Department of Central Management Services, which is paying a Texas company $690,000 to make sure only eligible people get the benefits.

The audit is reviewing membership in four state insurance programs, including the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program, the State Employees Group Insurance Program, the Local Government Health Plan and the College Insurance Program.

“I’m just aggravated over how to accomplish what they want,” said William Britt, a Jonesboro resident who’s a retired teacher.

He also said he is worried that he won’t meet the Oct. 25 deadline to submit the paperwork and is asking for an extension.

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