healthcare

Healthcare
5:17 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Healthcare Proposal Worries Disabilities Advocates

Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

  Advocates for people with disabilities say they're worried Governor Pat Quinn's newest healthcare initiative would crowd out certain groups.

The governor's proposal would consolidate nine separate programs that serve people with disabilities. Michael Gelder, the governor's senior advisor on healthcare, says centralizing these programs would be more efficient.

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Health Desk
6:13 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Busy First Day For Illinois Health Exchange

Credit GetCoveredIllinois

More than 69,000 people visited Illinois' new health insurance marketplace by late Tuesday, the first opportunity to comparison shop for
coverage through a system that's a key piece of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. But people hoping to enroll weren't getting much further, as the federally run website experienced glitches and delays.
 
 At a health center on Chicago's west side, workers said their goal for the day
was to get just one person enrolled, but none of the people who came in were

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Health Desk
8:58 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates

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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.

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Health Desk
3:54 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Illinois To Launch Obamacare Ad Campaign

Credit GetCoveredIllinois

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.  

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Health Desk
3:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

ACA Insurance Plans May Be Cheaper, But At What Cost?

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  Although the grand opening of the Affordable Care Act is only a week away, Illinois is still waiting on the federal government to approve the insurance plans that will be available through it.  Even so, the governor today announced it will cost less to get coverage than originally expected.

Illinois submitted 165 different insurance plans to the federal government. Until the feds sign off on them, it's impossible for someone looking to buy insurance from the Obamacare "marketplace" to know how much they should plan to spend.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun June 1, 2008

Ends and Means: Report on Children Offers Illinois a Ray of Sunshine

Charles N. Wheeler III
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Is the glass half full or half empty? In Illinois these days, the optimist might be tempted to say that while the glass is still half full, it's also leaking its noisome contents through that crack down its side. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat September 1, 2007

Clinic in a School: Advocates Argue School-Based Centers Protect Health, Attendance, & Performance

 

The job of a school nurse is changing. More students suffer from complicated medical problems related to asthma, diabetes and obesity. And more health symptoms are showing up that may be rooted in emotional stressors, including a troubled home life, a drug problem or a behavior disorder. So, with an eye to preventive care, school administrators are looking for new ways to serve adolescents who are most vulnerable to health risks. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu February 1, 2007

State of the State: What is charitable care, and how much should hospitals be required to provide?

Bethany Carson
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The rules for how much charitable care nonprofit hospitals must provide to get a tax break could change in this legislative session.

Not many businesses would provide a service without expecting payment in return.

Hospitals often do that. If a woman in labor rushes into the emergency room, staff cares for her and the baby regardless of the family's ability to pay.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed March 1, 2006

Middleman: Illinois steps in to fill gaps in new federal drug program and faces unexpected hurdles

Glitches can be expected when 42 million people become eligible for a government-subsidized prescription drug program. So no one was surprised that there were plenty as the new national effort got under way. 

Illinois officials, in fact, expected some snags as it cast an additional safety net to help the poorest seniors and disabled people pay for their drugs. Despite the best intentions, however, the state hit some unexpected snarls, too. And more knots are sure to surface as the state and federal drug programs are reshaped.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed March 1, 2006

State of the State: Illinois seniors may have fewer health care choices next year

Bethany Carson
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Consumers want options when it comes to affordable health care. There are plenty under the federal government's new prescription drug insurance program, though there may be too many. And those options might not be the ones consumers want.

But if frustration prevents older and disabled Illinoisans from signing up for a Medicare Part D plan in the next few weeks, they may have fewer options in the near future.

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