Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle decided to allocate more money to low-income health care, just as the Board preps to vote on the 2012 budget. Preckwinkle announced the $2 million bump with county commissioners yesterday. The additional funds will be divided between dental and primary health services in the suburbs.
“With the financial realities of the day…it takes courageous leadership and farsighted, strategic thinking to invest in the health of our residents,” said Dr. Ramanathan Raju, the county's health system’s chief executive officer.
The county's total allocation to the health system will now be $254 million with the adjustment. The Board is expected to vote on the proposed 2012 Cook County budget today.