A new report predicts Champaign County will have the state's largest percentage growth in Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. The county could see 15,000 new Medicaid enrollees, swelling the ranks by almost two-thirds. The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is releasing the report today to estimate local impacts of the new health law. Besides Champaign County, the report says Medicaid growth will be highest in parts of Chicago and some of its suburbs, and in McLean County in central Illinois. In those areas, more low-income people will have health coverage and more money will be available to pay hospitals and doctors for their care. It may also mean longer waits as more patients try to make appointments with a limited number of providers.
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