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Topic: CountyCare


CountyCare is a provider-operated Medicaid program for adults in Cook County. To be eligible, a person age 19-64 with income up to 133% of the federal poverty level must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent residentfor 5 years or more. The program serves clients via “medical homes” where each member has a primary care physician to help them get the care they need.


CountyCare: a Successful Model for Medicaid Expansion 

This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation focuses on the Cook County Early Expansion Initiative (CountyCare), which was initiated to help the state and Cook County Health and Hospitals System build capacity and experience to support implementation of the expansion in 2014.

CountyCare Presentation: MAC Access Subcommittee 

CountyCare presentation by Susan Greene and Sidney Thomas on June 17, 2013 at the MAC Access Subcommittee.

CountyCare: A Historic Opportunity to Improve Care for People with HIV

This report by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago outlines the importance of CountyCare and the role it can play in improving access to health services for people with HIV. It also contains a number of policy recommendations for the city and state departments of public health, Cook County, and the federal government. The full title is “CountyCare & the Ryan White Program: Working Together to Optimize Health Outcomes for People with HIV.”

CMS Approval Letter for Cook County Early Medicaid Expansion

October 2012 letter from CMS Director Marilyn Tavenner to the Illinois Health & Family Services approving the 1115 demonstration waiver to expand Medicaid in Cook County prior to 2014.