health care en "Making Sense Of Obamacare" Lecture At UIS <p>Ted Marmor has studied the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.&nbsp; The author and Professor Emeritus at Yale sees both good and bad with the new law.</p><p>"My overall view is simple. That it's a very confusing piece of legislation, not very well explained," he said.</p><p>"It perpetuates the cost and complexity of American medical care. But it makes some improvement in the availability of health insurance and the protection of some Americans from being devastated by expensive hospital stays and expensive pharmaceutical treatment."</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 22853 at "Making Sense Of Obamacare" Lecture At UIS Lucore named St. John's CEO <p>St. John's new CEO says the Springfield hospital will face many challenges as a result of the Affordable Care Act ... like changes in Medicare reimbursement -- which now rewards keeping patients out of hospitals.</p><p>Dr. Charles Lucore's appointment was announced Thursday.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:44:42 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18919 at Lucore named St. John's CEO Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week <p></p><p>It has been roughly two weeks since the first batch of consumers who signed up for the Affordable Care Act have been able to use their insurance. There's another deadline this week.</p><p></p><p>Consumers who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by Christmas saw their new benefits kick in Jan. 1.</p><p></p><p>There's no telling how many Illinois residents that is: the government hasn't released enrollment numbers for December. But insurers and so-called navigators, who are charged with helping people sign up, reported a last-minute rush.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16805 at Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week The Cost Of Keeping A Small Town Ambulance Service <p>When it's a matter of life and death, you call for an ambulance.&nbsp; But seconds can save lives.&nbsp; Having an ambulance close by is a luxury for some communities, especially in smaller, rural areas.&nbsp; There's a cost and often, the number of calls are too few to support it.</p><p>In Auburn, it's a similar story.&nbsp; But the Auburn Area Ambulance Service won't give up.&nbsp; The not for profit has found a way to get donations.&nbsp; It's launched a subscription service.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 16556 at The Cost Of Keeping A Small Town Ambulance Service Mammography In 3D <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois requires insurance companies to cover routine mammograms, but that doesn't necessarily include a new method of detecting breast cancer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A mammogram is a low-dose of x-rays doctors use to spot breast cancer. An important tool, to be sure, but one that can result in false-positives.</span></p><p>Dr. Sarah Friedewald says that'll happen a lot less if women also get a 3D mammogram. Likewise, she says, the new technology makes it easier to spot abnormalities.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:10:02 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12025 at Mammography In 3D