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On this week's Statewide, a Decatur newspaper tells the view from within a senior living facility that has seen dozens of COVID-19 cases and several deaths.  

College journalists have left campuses, but they are still providing the student's perspective and publishing online.  Also, not everyone who gets sick with COVID-19 winds up in the hospital.  Many are getting help from health care workers while they recover at home. 

Those stories and more on the latest episode of Statewide. 

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Even during a pandemic, people still get broken legs. Some are still recovering from knee replacements.

It can be difficult to provide hands-on care when you have to stay six feet away from your patients.

But that’s the situation for outpatient clinics like CORA Edgebrook physical therapy in Rockford. Josh Meyers is one of their physical therapists.

Illinois lawmakers want to reduce delays in medical care caused by the requirements of insurance companies.

A group of Illinois lawmakers and health care advocates want the state to more equitably provide money for low income hospital patients.

Illinois lawmakers grilled state officials Tuesday about significant problems with health care for thousands of kids with ties to the Illinois child welfare system.

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Modern medical care involves a lot of record keeping. How it’s organized and shared has grown more complicated. 

Paper charts were once the norm for keeping track of patients. But in 2019, health providers keep electronic health records, or EHRs.  “As more practices got the EHRs going," said Lisa Bergeron, "they needed more help learning how to use it, how to pull out the data, how to understand the data, and then start using it in more integrating ways." 

*The city of Fairview Heights in southwestern Illinois has drawn national attention for the stealthily built Planned Parenthood Clinic that will open there later this month.

The 18,000-square-foot clinic will dwarf another one that  Planned Parenthood already operates in Fairview Heights, about a dozen miles from downtown St. Louis.  That site only provides medication abortions and other medical treatments.

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John Perryman is a pediatrician with Mercyhealth in Roscoe. He sees patients struggling to afford medications. Some families, he says, disappear for stretches of time when they fall off an insurance plan. On this week's Friday Forum, Jenna Dooley talks with Perryman about his view as well as from a major opponent of the idea.

 

Illinois Nurses Face Workplace Violence

May 14, 2018
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new report from the University of Illinois finds the vast majority of nurses in Illinois experience violence on the job. 

The survey on workplace violence was sent to members of the Illinois Nurses Association, which has more than 2,000 members in various healthcare settings.

U.S. Senator Durbin Condemns GOP Healthcare Plan

Mar 24, 2017
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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin took a swipe at the Republican healthcare plan in Springfield Friday.

Republicans could not get the votes to pass the measure, even though both the president and the speaker of the House put their full weight behind the plan. Durbin says in Washington, that usually means a slam dunk.

“When the president puts his reputation on the line, whoever that president may be, they’ve never lost. Underline the word never,” Durbin said. “Ultimately, I expect the Trump and Paul Ryan effort to succeed in the House. If it doesn’t, it’s historic.”

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A bigger portion of older people's income could be going to healthcare costs next year.

This change is based on something seemingly unrelated: Low gas prices.

Each year, the federal government releases what's called a "consumer price index," that lays out the amount of inflation observed in the U.S. economy.

Social Security and other government beneficiaries will receive a cost of living increase tied to inflation. But economists this year predict there will be no cost of living adjustment, known as a COLA, because gas prices have been so low.

Illinois could lose $678 million in health insurance subsidies this year in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Worst case scenario for Illinois: More than 270,000 people will lose the federal subsidies that help them pay for health insurance. That’s according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Opponents of the federal health care law argue the subsidies are illegal in states like Illinois that rely on the federal government to run their health insurance exchanges. 

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield and State Farm have partnered to offer individual health insurance policies.

In five states, including Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield will offer health plans that State Farm clients can purchase. Some of those plans will be on Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges.

Open enrollment beings Nov. 15, with health coverage becoming effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Confused about Obamacare? You're not alone. Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting January 1, 2014, or else they will be liable for a tax penalty. But many people aren't sure if they qualify and they have no clear idea of how much insurance might cost.

WNIJ can help. By entering data like zip code, income, age, family size and other factors into the Obamacare Calculator below, users can get estimates of the tax subsidies and insurance premiums available to them if they purchase insurance through the marketplaces, or exchanges.

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Polls show that many Americans without health insurance still don’t know that the Affordable Care Act requires them to get it.

And many of the uninsured don’t know that low-income people can get federal subsidies.

Governor Pat Quinn’s administration is trying to bring folks up to speed through a multi-million dollar advertising campaign.

It's called “Get Covered Illinois.”

Audit Finds All Kids Plan is Shrinking

Oct 18, 2012
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One of Rod Blagojevich's top legislative achievements is slowly dwindling away. An audit of the All Kids program shows there's less and less to review. Rod Blagojevich was so proud of All Kids, he mentioned it in his farewell speech before going away to prison.

Clock Ticking for Health Insurance Exchanges

Oct 5, 2012
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A key Illinois lawmaker says it still appears the state will partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange.  But Democratic Representative Frank Mautino of Spring Valley says the goal is to make it a one-year partnership.  Under the nation's health-care law, states can either run their own exchange, or get assistance from Washington.  The exchanges are required to be up and running by 2014.

Judge Halts Rockford Hospital Deal

Apr 6, 2012

A federal judge has halted a deal between Rockford Health System and Peoria-based OSF HealthCare until the Federal Trade Commission can review it.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala in Rockford made the ruling Thursday. He is ordering the two health systems to maintain the status quo for now.

The FTC challenged OSF's proposed acquisition of Rockford Health System on antitrust grounds. OSF runs OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Rockford Health operates Rockford Memorial Hospital.