Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  

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.

  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.

IL seeks to add 100K people to Medicaid program

Thursday, February 02, 2012

by Andrew Thomason

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois could add 100,000 new enrollees to its Medicaid rolls in the near future.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which administers Medicaid, asked the federal government to approve accelerating the expansion of the state-federal health insurance program under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The request seeks to add 100,000 childless, low-income Cook County residents to the Medicaid program two years before the federal health-care act requires their enrollment.
Medicaid funding normally is split equally between the state and the federal government. But the cost of the expansion would be split between Cook County and the feds, with each paying around $125 million in tax dollars annually.     
These are costs Cook County would be paying anyway to care for low-income patients who show up at the emergency room because they can’t afford a doctor’s visit. Cook County is simply looking to recover some of those expenses, said Mike Claffey, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Healthcare and Family services.
But this expansion could affect downstate taxpayers, state Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said.
“People in my district, they pay state taxes, they also pay federal taxes,” Righter said. “And they care how much their governments are spending, not just in Springfield but in Washington, (D.C.) as well.”
Righter voiced concern that the state would be stuck with paying for the 100,000 new enrollees if the federal health-care law is struck down in whole or part by the U.S. Supreme Court before the end of this year since they're eligibility is based on the new law. 
Beyond approval at the federal level, the expansion requires state lawmakers to revisit changes to Medicaid they approved last year that suspended the addition of more people to Medicaid.
Last year’s reform also sought to expand income verification and residency checks for participants in an effort to prevent fraud.
But those changes haven't gone into effect, because the state has not received a waiver from the federal government. The federal health-care law prohibits shrinking the state’s Medicaid programs to levels below those set in March 2010 without a federal waiver.

CaliforniaConnecticutMinnesotaNew Jersey, Washington state and Washington, D.C., have taken similar steps to those being sought by Cook County, according to The Kaiser Family Foundation, a think tank that focuses on health-care related issues.

State RepPatti BellockR-Hinsdale, said every case is different.
“A lot of other states are not in the similarly fiscal crisis we are in. So we just ask for flexibility,” she said.
If nothing changes, the state will end up having $21 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills by 2017, according to areport released Monday by the Civic Federation, a nonpartisan group that focuses on budgetary matters.
Without changes, Medicaid will consume 40 percent of the state's general revenue fund by 2017, the federation predicts.
Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, said the waiver would help the Cook County Department of Public Health, which has a deficit of $120 million, $39 million of which could be erased if the state processed Medicaid applications faster.

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

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

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

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.