health

Government
6:01 am
Mon February 17, 2014

City County Health Department looking at service shift

The Peoria City/County Health Department will likely change the way it delivers services as a result of new health trends.  Administrator Greg Chance says the department used to provide a large amount of immunizations and pre-natal care:

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Government
5:06 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

‘The Onion’ helping with healthcare sign up

A new banner of ads will top "The Onion" website. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on the state's latest effort to get young people to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
6:32 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Intentional delay for IL health care sign up

The deadline is rapidly approaching to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and Illinois is finally taking to the airwaves to let people know about it.  The delay was intentional:

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Government
6:37 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

IL lawmaker calls on child welfare agency admins to resign

An Illinois State Senator is calling on top administrators running the state’s child welfare agency to resign.  That’s after they revealed the agency had mis-reported how many Illinois children died from abuse or neglect for the past several years.  

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Medical
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Healthcare reform could add to need for more doctors

The new health care law could contribute to a need for more primary care doctors.  

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Health
1:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

State Sen. Rose: conspiracy to shut out Health Alliance

State Senator Chapin Rose says state regulators conspired to shut out Health Alliance on a technicality.  The Mahomet Republican was among the lawmakers in a legislative hearing Wednesday, questioning the decision to choose four other providers of Medicare Advantage retiree contracts.  

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Health
5:29 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Kewanee Hospital to join OSF Healthcare

Kewanee Hospital is set to join the OSF Healthcare System next spring.  Both groups signed an agreement, pending approval from the state review board in December.  

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Education
11:36 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

District 150 explains purchase card system

District 150 is defending the way it uses purchase cards to buy items throughout the year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move comes after citizens questioned the process:

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Government
4:48 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The shutdown's impact on Medicare enrollment

The open enrollment period for Medicare began Tuesday but because of the partial government shutdown, signing up could be more challenging.  Even though Medicare.gov is online despite the shutdown, the website warns users that information posted may not be up to date.  Linda Tauber-Olson is with the Presence Covenant Center for Healthy Living in Champaign, and she’s helping people sign up for coverage.  But she advises them not to go to Medicare.gov to enroll, since updated information isn’t flowing from insurance companies to the website.

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Health
4:22 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Peoria health fair to stress fitness, finance and health care

METEC is offering a Health and Wellness Fair Saturday in Peoria.  The non-profit group is partnering with housing officials, fitness experts and insurance companies to offer the event from 9 to 2 at the METEC Resource Center.  Doretha Jamison is with METEC.  She says the goal of the fair is to make residents aware of ways to boost their quality of life:

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