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Record #: R2017-387   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 5/24/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action:
Title: Call for United States Senate to reject American Health Care Act passed by United States House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 and solicitation of testimony from healthcare professionals, interests groups, etc. regarding potential impact on Chicago
Sponsors: Cardenas, George A.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Attachments: 1. R2017-387.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
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Committee on Health & Environmental Protection
May 24, 2017 City Council Meeting

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The Cook County Health & Hospitals System, commonly referred to as CCHHS, one of the largest public health systems in the country, serves the health care needs of Chicago and Cook County by serving over 300,000 unique patients with their more than one million annual outpatient visits and 150,000 emergency department visits each year; and
WHEREAS, CCHHS's flagship John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital has cared for millions of individuals and contributed research to modern best practices adopted in hospitals throughout the country and the world; and

WHEREAS, CCHHS strives to promote community-based primary and preventative care centered on enhancing the patient experience; and

WHEREAS, Before adoption of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), nearly 20% of Cook County residents were uninsured; and

WHEREAS, Today, 95% of all Cook County residents are insured, and a majority are cared for by CCHHS; and
WHEREAS, The more than 300,000 yearly patients served by CCHHS deserve the comprehensive, compassionate, and cutting-edge care to which the ACA has been essential; and

WHEREAS, This comprehensive care exists largely through new sources of health system revenue once heavily dependent on local taxpayers, such as CountyCare—the third largest Medicaid managed care plan in Cook County, with over 140,000 members; and

WHEREAS, CountyCare has a provider network that includes nearly all hospitals, academic medical centers, and federally qualified health centers in Chicago and Cook County; and

WHEREAS, CountyCare reimburses both community non-CCHHS providers and CCHHS for services rendered to members at CCHHS facilities; and

WHEREAS, Such coverage allows Cook County patients to receive efficient and effective care when they need it, while CountyCare earns additional revenue, allowing local taxpayer support for CCHHS operations to have decreased by more than 75% since 2009; an...

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