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Cook County to expand Medicaid coverage early

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The federal government has approved an early expansion of Medicaid coverage to many low-income adults in Cook County _ action that will bring millions of federal dollars into the county's struggling health system.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin discussed the approval at an event Wednesday in Chicago.

Officials estimate the county now will be able to collect federal dollars for the care of 115,000 additional patients. County taxpayers are now paying the cost for many of these patients.

To be eligible for the Medicaid expansion, patients must live in Cook County, be 19 to 65 years of age and have an income below 133 percent of federal poverty guidelines. For a two-person household, that's an annual income of less than about $20,000.



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