Project to Cover the Uninsured in Cook County Health and Hospital System
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), in collaboration with the Cook County Board and the Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) has requested an 1115 waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), effective July of 2012, to cover the current uninsured population that will become eligible for Medicaid in 2014. While this waiver application was written with a focus on Cook County, the waiver could provide for any willing county in Illinois to participate if HFS and CMS standards are met. This waiver will allow CCHHS to decrease its uninsured population and provide funds to improve the quality, coordination, and cost-effectiveness of the care it provides. The 1115 waiver would be entirely funded by local county resources and federal matching funds for eligible services.