* Oh, man did this ever appear to be a bad thing at first blush…
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new deputy governor is scheduled to receive half of her pay out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state’s budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. […]
Munger, Rauner’s hand-picked choice to fill a vacancy in the comptroller’s office in 2015, landed the position with her political ally after losing a special election. Premiums from state employees feed the group health insurance account. The other fund, administered by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, is money collected from overpayments due to fraud or error. It’s used to pay costs under the federal-state Medicaid program.
Munger did not return a message left by the AP at her office. Catherine Kelly, spokeswoman for Rauner, noted that Munger has not yet received a paycheck in her new job.
“When she is paid, it will not impact state employee health insurance payments or service providers,” Kelly said but declined to elaborate.
* And then came this update…
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration had arranged to pay a new deputy governor out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state’s budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
After the AP reported Thursday that half of Leslie Munger’s $138,000 salary was scheduled to come from a pool of insurance premiums, a spokeswoman for the governor said an agency “mistakenly” designated the wrong fund and that Munger’s pay would come from elsewhere.
* Except the governor’s office flatly denies that they made the change on Thursday after the AP’s report came out. From the administration…
The AP on Thursday published an inaccurate story after altering a long-standing journalistic practice of accepting information on background - background information that directly contradicted the story presented to the administration on Wednesday.
This resulted in the AP rewriting their original story in order to give a somewhat accurate version to readers.
We discovered an error in the contract of Deputy Governor Munger that would have paid her out of an incorrect fund. This was told to the Associated Press - including the specific name of the fund - on Wednesday. They were also told on Wednesday that the other fund is strictly administrative and not used for paying providers.
What’s curious is that despite knowing the facts (be it on background or whatever) they still chose to first write an incorrect story.