CHICAGO -- Gov. Jim Edgar of Illinois may resurrect a plan to restructure outstanding state debt as a remedy for paying off a large backlog of Medicaid bills.

The plan resurfaced during a continuing review of Illinois' proposed managed-care program by the federal Health Care Financing Administration. As part of the review, the state faces a Tuesday deadline for telling the federal agency how it intends to deal with the backlog, which currently stands at about $900 million.

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