Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Board moves to limit health care to residents

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Daily Southtown
by Jonathan Lipman and Gregg Blesch

Cook County's neighboring counties have until Dec. 1 to work out a deal with Cook or their patients will be turned away from Stroger Hospital and the county's other health facilities, under a proposal expected to be approved soon.
The resolution passed unanimously Wednesday out of the Cook County Board's legislative committee, but it's "not a declaration of war on these other counties" and does not apply to patients needing emergency care, committee chairman Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) said.
But it does put a deadline on dealing with a problem Cook County leaders long have complained about -- the roughly $100 million a year in patient care that Stroger Hospital and other county medical facilities provide to patients from outside the county.
"That's fine, as good people we, want to see everybody healthy," said Commissioner Peter Silvestri (R-Elmwood Park), the sponsor of the proposal. "But the people of Cook County should not be footing the bill."
The full board is expected to approve the resolution April 3. It will require Cook County's health bureau to present agreements with surrounding counties to the county board by Sept. 1, and they must be approved and in place by Dec. 1, the start of the county's fiscal year.
Other counties "are not running away from this," Suffredin said. "They realize they owe Cook County a debt of gratitude and maybe some money."
Suffredin said it was too early to predict what level of funding other counties might offer, but he thought the amounts would be more than symbolic. The agreements may include benefits besides cash, such as administrative help in qualifying patients for Medicaid.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh was in Springfield on Wednesday and could not be reached for comment on Cook County's plan. His chief of staff, Matt Ryan, did not return messages.
Vic Reato, spokesman for the Will County Health Department, said he wasn't familiar with Cook County's resolution or how Will County might respond to it.
"There was talk here that there was going to be a Will County committee formed to explore this issue," Reato said. "Apparently that never happened. I think we have referred some patients (to Cook) in the past, but as I recall not a large number at all."
Those referrals are not intended to shift the financial burden to Cook County but to make sure that patients get the best possible care, he said.
"Cook County has more resources in terms of expertise," Reato said.
Failure to bill Medicaid and other hospital billing problems were a major factor in Cook County's recent $500 million budget crisis that led to the layoffs of about 1,700 employees.
At Tuesday's county board meeting, officials said they had found 77 boxes full of more than $200 million worth of patient bills that never were sent out.
The county's increasing caseload of indigent patients has been made worse by other counties' public health departments, who send their patients to Cook County for specialty care they can't provide, Suffredin said.
"The health departments of these various counties have actually given people Metra tickets and maps on how to find the Stroger (Hospital) emergency room," he said. "Those patients when they arrive, arrive with a diagnosis."
As budget negotiations intensified in January, Cook County's health bureau chief, Robert Simon, tried to cut off patients from outside the county from getting medical services. Board President Todd Stroger overturned the decision days later after a political backlash.
Simon "did it instantaneously," Suffredin said. "This is going to involve some discussion."


Recent Headlines

Cook County General Hospital's $90-Million Redevelopment Saves a Chicago Icon
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Engineering News Rec ord

Illinois Land Title Association Granted Summary Judgment in Case against Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Illinois State Bar Association

Grand Jury Indicts Debt Collector of Bribing Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown
Friday, March 15, 2019
WBBM Chicago

Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract
Friday, March 15, 2019
Cook County record

Karen Chavers Honored as 2019 Unsung Heroine
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Pappas to announce deadline for Cook County property owners to pay late taxes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Courts Cause Confusion For Woman Trying To Resolve Her Case
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CBS Chicago

Census changes raise fears of Illinois undercounting
Monday, March 11, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Warns of Apple Phone Scam
Monday, March 11, 2019
WTTW News

Caller poses as Apple to get victims personal info in scam targeting Cook County residents
Monday, March 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
NPR Radio

Cook County Jail hires 2nd consecutive mental health professional as warden
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit: Sheriff jailed dozens because of faulty electronic monitoring devices
Monday, March 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Woman dies while in custody at Cook County Jail
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Fox 32

City considers landmarking old Cook County Hospital
Friday, March 01, 2019
Gazette Chicago

Judge: State constitution doesn't force Cook County to spend $250M more on roads, transport projects
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Cook County Rrecord

City Club of Chicago: Cook County Housing Authority Executive Director Richard Monocchio
Thursday, February 28, 2019
WGN Chicago

Illinois hospitals seek reform of Medicaid managed care system
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Effingham Daily News

Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic’s Annual Report
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Glenview open house a 'one stop service' for new, existing residents to learn about town offerings
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Glenview Announcements

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP