Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board Meeting - December 16, 2016
Significant Topics Discussed:
Invited to provide a Federal Update, Wash. DC, Legislative Consultants, Susan White and Jonathan Sheiner, predicted the following to a somber Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Board:
CCHHS Board Chair Hammock concluded that if the ACA insurance mandate is eliminated and Medicaid curtailed, many would not purchase/afford insurance and CCHHS would see a massive increase in use of charity programs: CareLink, the newly introduced Direct Access and unreimbursed care. Director Richardson-Lowry called for an economic impact statement to be available as soon as possible for Board response to various potential fiscal outcomes.
CCHHS metrics reported for Dec. 2016:
These are perilous times for an organization that depends on Federal and State Medicaid/other indigent care payments to stay afloat.
Chair Hammock commented that Cook County government is not interested in reinstating the tax generated subsidies of the past to bail CCHHS out!
Observer - Susan Kern, MD Meeting Length: 3 ½ hours
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