The affiliation of two area health care organizations is a step closer to becoming a reality. Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville plans to join Memorial Health System, which oversees three other hospitals including Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Tuesday, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the change. Ed Curtis, Memorial's CEO, says the affiliation is on target to take effect April first. Afterward, he says patients won't notice an immediate difference in how they access health care:
It might surprise you to learn Sangamon County ranked 80th out of 102 Illinois counties when it pertains to health outcomes. That's according to a survey by the County Health Rankings and Roadmap program.
After all, Springfield is known for quality medical care. But apparently, more work can be done.
An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1oMu4vj ) the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat. Her proposal would charge a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. Money generated from the levy would be used to pay for a variety of health services and educational efforts.
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.
Consumers who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by Christmas saw their new benefits kick in Jan. 1.
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.
When it's a matter of life and death, you call for an ambulance. But seconds can save lives. Having an ambulance close by is a luxury for some communities, especially in smaller, rural areas. There's a cost and often, the number of calls are too few to support it.
In Auburn, it's a similar story. But the Auburn Area Ambulance Service won't give up. The not for profit has found a way to get donations. It's launched a subscription service.
Regulators released a broad plan Wednesday, designed to prevent meat producers from using drugs that are also used to treat sick humans. That means some changes Midwest farmers and ranchers will have to get used to.
Gov. Pat Quinn says the launch of the health insurance marketplace marks a ``historic'' day that will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. Quinn spoke at a press conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the same day the marketplace opened in Illinois and other states. But the federal website where people enroll was experiencing some glitches. Consumers couldn't get beyond initial screens, and some reported waits of 20 minutes on a hotline set up to assist them. Quinn says glitches are part of any new endeavor.
Tuesday marks the launch of state health insurance exchanges, a major part of the Affordable Care Act. Among the many changes likely after the new health coverage takes effect: Fewer people behind bars.
During a recent expo put on by the Illinois Department of Corrections in Champaign, Jeff Rinderle of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District talked with parolees and former prison inmates transitioning into civilian life about the Affordable Care Act.
Illinois will launch an advertising campaign Tuesday to inform Illinois residents about the health insurance marketplace opening that day that will connect people with new benefits under President Barack Obama's health care law. Marketplace spokeswoman Kelly Sullivan provided copies of the ads to The Associated Press. She says the Get Covered Illinois campaign will begin with newspaper ads in 50 state markets. Radio and TV ads are planned for later this fall.
The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, is among the most controversial domestic policy laws in history. And it remains so just days before the next phase launches October 1. At that time, a window opens allowing comparative shopping for coverage.
While the debate in Washington continues, we wanted to take a closer look at the law and what it will mean for those who are uninsured and those who already have coverage.
A new report says Illinois ranks 36th among the states for delivering health care services to its low-income residents.
The Commonwealth Fund released a scorecard Wednesday on how states are performing on health care coverage, prevention and treatment of low-income people. The report looks at 30 health indicators and finds wide geographic variations with big gaps between the highest-performing and lowest-performing states.
Lauren and Aaron Smith of Springfield, pictured with their 10 month old son Gabriel, who has a rare form of anemia. He's required to undergo regular blood transfusions. Their is hope after a bone marrow donor match was discovered earlier this year. A transplant is scheduled for this fall . The couple is wanting to raise awareness of the Bone Marrow Registry and the need to donate blood.
The next Third Thursday Art Show at Donnie's Homespun will benefit Gabriel. See more details:
Illinois officials say the one-year delay in a central requirement of President Barack Obama's health care law will have no direct impact on the new online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is on track to begin enrollment on Oct. 1. Mike Claffey says consumers can expect a range of affordable health care options.