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Illinoisans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks in most circumstances, Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday.

Pritzker’s announcement follows updated guidelines released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Iowa's Rural Areas Face Additional Challenges for Vaccine Rollout

Feb 5, 2021

Iowa opened the next phase for vaccine distribution during the first week of February. Phase 1B includes frontline essential workers as well as Iowans 65 and older.

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The McDonough and Schuyler County Health Departments said they will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Like other governors nationwide, Gov. JB Pritzker has recently taken to criticizing a slower-than-anticipated COVID-19 vaccination effort at Illinois’ long-term care facilities by pharmacy giants CVS and Walgreens.

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Across Illinois, more than 80% of all ICU beds are now occupied, according to data from the state's department of public health.

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A new report from the University of Illinois' Institute for Government and Public Affairs identifies several ways the COVID-19 pandemic is creating challenges for health care workers and health care facilities.

Lisa Marlow is worried about her students. Marlow is a school nurse and educator with the Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186. 

The district serves primarily low-income students in a rural part of southern Illinois. 

When school is in session, Marlow says having eyes on students, especially those with chronic conditions like Type 1 diabetes or asthma, is crucial.

OSF HealthCare hospitals, doctor's offices, and home care services will soon no longer accept Medicaid and Medicare patients enrolled in a Meridian-managed plan.

In a recent national survey, farmers said the biggest threat to their livelihoods wasn’t low commodity prices or global trade policies. It was the rising cost of health insurance.

It’s one of the reasons why state farm bureaus have jumped into the insurance game in Iowa, Tennessee and Nebraska, and are trying to in Kansas.

Rich Egger

Brian Dietz came to Macomb more than nine months ago to lead McDonough District Hospital on an interim basis. He said he enjoyed it so much in Macomb that he has agreed to stay and serve as the hospital's new President & Chief Executive Officer.

Why Recognize Minority Health Month

Apr 4, 2018

The U.S. is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic nation. It is a nation comprised of people from all walks of life, not only in terms of race and ethnicity, but also in terms of religious beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability levels, income levels, and experiences in the armed forces, to name a few. As such, although unfortunate, the U.S., as well as other developed and developing nations, experiences a wide disparity in terms of the disease burden among members of its population.

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Ada Bair, CEO of Memorial Hospital in Carthage, said the Rural Health Coach Program started with an internship partnership between her hospital and Western Illinois University.  She said the goal of the program is to train students and community members who can help improve the coordination between medical care providers and patients.

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Senate Republicans are delaying a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act until U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recovers from recent surgery. Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) said his colleagues need to think long and hard about their votes and how their decisions will affect people across the country.

A new report says repealing the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — would have a disproportionately negative effect in rural parts of Illinois.

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Republican leaders in the U.S. House have pulled the American Health Care Act from the floor after failing to round up enough votes within their own caucus.

Had the bill passed, Americans would have no longer been required to buy health insurance, and it would have eliminated the current subsidies that are used to bring down the cost of premiums.

NPR and dozens of member stations collected public statements from members of Congress to help the public understand where lawmakers stood on this issue.

Darin Lahood's Campaign for Congress

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-Illinois) said he supports the House Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. LaHood said even though 20 million more people now have health care due to Obamacare, the insurance is not affordable.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has created a task force charged with finding fraud in taxpayer-funded health care programs.

The Republican Tuesday used his executive authority to form the group. It'll seek ways to prevent waste in state- and federally funded Medicaid , the state employee's health insurance and even costs of caring for inmates in Illinois prisons. Rauner says the cost of state-run health care programs increases when no one watches to stop abuse and fraud.

Public employee and retiree health care benefits might be the next casualty of the state budget impasse.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

The $32 million MDH expansion and renovation project by O'Shea Builders includes a three-story addition that has an emergency room, senior behavioral health unit, and rehabilitation center.

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A recently completed health needs assessment identified four areas for improvement.

Health Insurance Costs Climb for Macomb

Jan 15, 2015
Rich Egger

The city of Macomb and some city employees will have to pay more for health insurance this year.

Get in a car crash, take a gunshot, or survive a farm machinery accident in rural Illinois or parts of the Metro East, and you’ll likely be taken to St. Louis University Hospital, across the river.   

“The quicker you get somebody here, the better they’re going to do,” said Helen Sandkuhl, who directs the Emergency Department. More than half of the hospital’s trauma patients come from Illinois, and the trip can be a long one. Broad swaths of the state do not have certified trauma centers within 50 miles, creating "trauma deserts" in southern and central Illinois.

Illinois lawmakers missed a Jan. 1 deadline to approve a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Without its own exchange, the state forfeits millions of federal dollars while leaving consumers vulnerable to paying more for insurance.

Illinois was facing dual deadlines last month when lawmakers made a final effort to create its own marketplace. The first was the looming New Year---which they blew past last week, losing out on as much as $270 million.

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The Illinois Rural Health Association would like the state to do more to encourage doctors to serve rural areas.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Small business owners and nonprofits in west central Illinois are invited to attend a free brown bag lunch event from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Thursday, September 11, at the McDonough County Health Department.

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A national report by the Pew Charitable Trusts showed state workers in Illinois pay one of the highest rates in the nation for health insurance premiums.

Memory Care Facility Coming to Hancock County

Jul 28, 2014
Hickory Grove Supportive Living Facility

A new memory care facility will be built in Carthage.  It will feature 20 studio apartments that have access to shared kitchen, living room and dining space.

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A children’s advocacy group ranks Iowa third in the nation for child well-being while Illinois and Missouri fall toward the middle of the pack.

Warren County Expands Health Care Services

Jul 7, 2014
TSPR's Emily Boyer

The Warren County Health Department is expanding its medical care to meet patients’ needs.

The AARP says Illinois has improved opportunities for elderly people to remain in the community. But it says there are still too many living in nursing homes who need not be.

There are good reasons for helping seniors to stay independent, or at home, getting help -- and out of long-term care facilities.

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