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HMPRG's Margie Schaps quoted in Crain's article on The Cook County Health and Hospitals System's desire for early Medicaid expansion

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
January 3, 2012

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Kristen Schorsch's article in  today's Crain's (January 3) frames how the county health system wants the new Medicaid eligibility rules to be applied to its patients later this year instead of waiting until 2014, when federal health care reform begins--to  give the public hospital system a competitive head start on serving the new Medicaid patients.

Margie Schaps, Executive Director of the Health &  Medicine Policy Research Group is quoted as saying:

"Cook County’s application likely will prompt badly needed changes. I think this will force (the county) to put better systems in place, to organize health care in a way that best serves the patients, and it will help ensure that the county system has a base of revenue so that it can operate and continue to serve the people in need who don’t have insurance”

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