ILLINOIS FUNERAL MESS GROWS-yourfuneralguy.

18 Jun

The Illinois FUNERAL SCANDAL MESS  has grown and become quite complicated.

The Illinois FUNERAL SCANDAL MESS has grown and become quite complicated.

The whole FUNERAL MESS in Illinois is driving up Funeral costs in the State of Illinois. It seems like every week now a new Action is filed against somebody. It seems that Funeral Directors, the regulators, and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association are all trying to gain and maintain  control the funeral preneed  money. THIS IS A NO WIN SCENARIO FOR ALL INCLUDING THE ILLINOIS FUNERAL CONSUMER.

1. Payment for  public aide funerals will be stopped from the Department of Health and Human Services. These are medicaid funeral payments for indigent funerals.  The State will no longer  cover public aide funerals FOR THE POOR  in Illinois because of budget concerns. These payments may be restored later.

2. The six funeral director was amended on June 12th. MOST OF THE IFDA DEFENDANDTS REMAIN THE SAME. New defendants are added. The plaintiffs are shaking down the IFDA,  THE COMPTROLLER OF THE STATE OF IL, MERRILL LYNCH and other insurance companies for their  for their losses.

3. IFDA SERVICES  has filed an action against the Comptroller of The State of Illinois as of June 16th 2009. This in itself  could require a new BLOG.

I received this E-Mail From Duane Marsh, The executive director of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association explaining three things mentioned above  that are raising the costs of funeral directors in the TROUBLED  FUNERAL STATE OF ILLINOIS

IFDA E-News Bulletin
Jun 17, 2009

In this issue, you’ll read:
Executive Director’s Message

Executive Director’s Message

Dear Member,

1.Each of our funeral home members received a letter from the Department of Human Services this week notifying you, “that Funeral and Burial payments for the 2010 fiscal year will be pushed to fiscal year 2011. Assuming an appropriation for 2011, we expect payments to resume in July, 2010.”

The Illinois Funeral Directors Association misappropiated or took nearly 100 million of the good folks  Funeral money in the State of Illinois

The Illinois Funeral Directors Association misappropiated or took nearly 100 million of the good folks Funeral money in the State of Illinois

I have written a letter to the Department asking them to provide me with the “criteria and process” that was used to come to this determination. I also asked for an explanation as to why there is a 100 percent reduction rather than the 50 percent called for in the “50-percent budget.”

Governor Quinn is working with the Legislature to find additional revenue to restore the reductions. The Governor is pressing for an income tax increase to provide the revenue needed to restore the funding.

I will keep you posted as to what I learn.

2.The derivative lawsuit plaintiffs have filed an amended complaint centering on the insurance policies and the role of regulators. It is a 109-page document and our legal counsel is reviewing its contents to determine what response it warrants.

3.Yesterday, IFDA Services, Inc. filed an action against the Comptroller’s Office challenging their finding on excess fees. As this case unfolds, data and information will be provided that will outline concerns…….

Sincerely,

Duane Marsh

FUNERAL INDUSTRY | FUNERAL BLOG by Your Funeral Guy.


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