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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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Government
4:22 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Peoria City/County WIC program to stay open amid government shutdown

The government shutdown has cut federal nutrition funding for women, infants and children across the country.  But the WIC program at the Peoria City/County Health Department remains open. Health Administrator Greg Chance says appropriations for federal WIC funding are good through next June, but the funding hasn’t arrived: 

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Health
4:03 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

State removes Health Alliance from retiree contracts

The state of Illinois has removed Urbana-based Health Alliance from its list of retiree contracts, as of January 2014. 

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Health
1:51 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New health exchange brings technical glitches

Some Illinois residents trying to sign up for health insurance through the new exchange program Tuesday have run into technical glitches.  

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Health
11:03 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health care reform could affect prison numbers

One possible side effect of the new health care law – fewer people behind bars. IPR’s Sean Powers reports.

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Health
10:54 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Proposed changes revealed for Peoria County septic code

The Peoria City/County Health department is considering code changes that regulate on-site wastewater systems.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move follows months of tweaks to the code:
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