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New Illinois law provides Medicaid extensions to help cut down on disability-based hiring discrimination

March 26, 2009 – Rachel Siler, 23, graduated college at the top of her class 18 months ago with a degree in fashion marketing, extensive experience producing fashion events and a list of strong references. For seven months she went to more than 75 interviews – sometimes attending three or more a week – but […]

March 24, 2009 – Women choosing to give birth at home suffered a major defeat this month when an Illinois House committee voted down a bill that would have allowed certified professional midwives to deliver babies. House Bill 226, which died March 4 in the Health Care Availability and Accessibility Committee, would have expanded child […]

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Illinois business owners leery of proposal aimed at relieving costs for providing health insurance

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March 18, 2009 – Illinois lawmakers are considering a state employer health care mandate that would also bring affordable insurance options to small businesses and their employees, a sector that disproportionately affected by rate increases. But while the bill could extend coverage for a majority of Illinois’ 1.4 million uninsured, many small business owners say […]

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Legislation allowing psychologists to prescribe drugs going nowhere fast in Illinois House

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March 10, 2009 – A stalled bill that would give psychologists the right to prescribe medication has divided Illinois’ mental health community. House Bill 527, which has been stuck in the Illinois House Health Care Licenses Committee since it was assigned there three weeks ago, could expand underserved residents’ access to mental health care and […]

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Boost to COBRA funding will lower the cost of health care coverage for newly laid-off Americans

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March 4, 2009 – Robert Marks, 31, and his wife, Deborah, were ecstatic to learn last July that she was pregnant. But the news couldn't have come at a worse time for Marks, who lost his employer-sponsored insurance when GE Captial in Chicago laid him off four months earlier under the pressure of a crumbling economy. When his severance […]

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Stimulus dollars aimed at improving medical record systems spur questions on health care industry needs

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March 3, 2009 – As President Barack Obama signed the stimulus bill into law last month, some health care experts worried that the plan’s multi-billion dollar investment in health care information technology upgrades may fall short of reviving the failing health system. The bill designates as much as $19 billion to widespread implementation of interoperable […]

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Rising demand for mental health services coincides with country’s financial woes

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Americans are worrying themselves sick over their financial security in a declining economy. Doctors nationwide have reported increasing patient complaints of fatigue, irritability, sleeplessness and apathy, which are common symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to an October 2008 report by the American Psychological Association. But just as the need for mental health services is […]

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