Funeral homes across the state said it's taking more than a year to get paid back for the public aid services it performs.
Owner Gary Deiters said the state's late payments affect cash flow and his business overall. However, he said he's not surprised that the state is coming up short. Deiters said, "Recently, we had an executive session down in Springfield with some legislatures and I said, 'well it's been a year since we've been paid' and he goes, 'you're lucky, the hospitals and nursing homes are waiting longer than that.'"
The state will reimburse a funeral home about $1,600 for a public aid service, but Deiters said that money doesn't cover it all. He said the average cost of a funeral is between $7,000 and $10,000.