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  • GOP divided over using budget process on health care law Jan 19, 2015 10:27 AM
    Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are questioning whether to use the congressional budget process to derail the 2010 law or save the special step for more traditional purposes like cutting spending or overhauling the tax code. A potentially divisive debate between Tea Party forces and GOP pragmatists looms.

     
  • New Ronald McDonald House in Winfield welcomes its first family Jan 19, 2015 2:34 PM
    Lisa and Chris Post are about to take the next step in what has been an unimaginably painful journey — their little boy's battle against a brain tumor. But on Sunday, as they looked ahead to their son's next round of treatments, they said a small part of their stress had disappeared. The Post family is the first to move into the new Ronald McDonald House in Winfield.

     
  • New tax forms to fill out on health insurance coverage Jan 18, 2015 7:28 AM
    Be prepared for the tax man to get even more personal this year — with questions about your health insurance. For the first time, you’ll have to state whether you had health insurance, through an employer, one of the exchanges or purchased privately. And if you didn’t, you could face a penalty.

     
  • New Ronald McDonald House ready to open in Winfield Jan 17, 2015 7:34 AM
    The new Ronald McDonald House is scheduled to open Sunday across the street from Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. The new 19,000-square-foot, two-story house will support families of hospitalized children at CDH, the CDH Proton Center in Warrenville, Delnor Hospital in Geneva and other area hospitals. "We are thrilled to provide a new place for families to stay and connect with others while they’re living through some of life’s most trying times," said Doug Porter, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

     
  • Medicare chief steps down, ran health care rollout Jan 16, 2015 10:54 AM
    Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner — who oversaw the rocky rollout of the president’s health care law — says she’s stepping down at the end of February. In an email Friday to staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tavenner says she’s leaving with “sadness and mixed emotions.”

     
  • Naperville Marathon plans more downtown involvement Jan 15, 2015 2:59 PM
    Naperville Marathon organizers say they are charting a course for the third annual race that more directly involves the commercial area of the city's downtown. “We want the spectators visiting the different shops and restaurants, and afterward we want to make sure there's much more of a festival-type atmosphere for not just the runners but the community as a whole," Race Director Bob Hackett said.

     
  • Booking a trip to the ER on your smartphone? It’s a breeze Jan 15, 2015 9:49 AM
    No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to emergency room trips on their laptops and smartphones — much like OpenTable users do with restaurant reservations.

     
  • Constable: Money gone, but new heart arrives Jan 15, 2015 6:53 AM
    Months of agonizing about whether their baby boy would get his new heart transplant in time became even more stressful for Tyler and Rachel Knickerbocker when donations collected by a relative never made it to the Huntley family.

     
  • Wheeling backs medical marijuana dispensary Jan 13, 2015 4:58 PM
    Wheeling trustees will allow a medical marijuana dispensary to move into a vacant building on Foster Avenue - if the retailer gets one of the state's new licenses. And that’s a big if, officials say. Under the most restrictive rules in the country, Illinois will only one dispensary in Maine and Wheeling townships.

     
  • Volunteer shares how mother led her to hospice work Jan 13, 2015 10:52 AM
    19.19- with one photo -page 3 NO Web ‘Opportunity to grow’: Volunteer shares how mother led her to hospice work

     
  • Schaumburg police now carry overdose antidote Jan 9, 2015 1:47 PM
    Schaumburg police officers recently joined the DuPage County Narcan Program and are now carrying the lifesaving antidote to opiate drug overdose. Officers have been trained to recognize the symptoms of a heroin or other opiate overdose and administer Narcan, also known as Naloxone, if they arrive on a scene prior to paramedics.

     
  • Constable: Will you live longer if you move? Jan 8, 2015 5:33 AM
    For the first time, the Illinois Department of Public Health breaks down residents' life expenctancy by county. Should you move? The report suggests residents of the Northwest and Western suburbs will live longer than people who live in Chicago or downstate areas.

     
  • Register NOW for NAMI Family to Family Class Starting in February Jan 8, 2015 7:14 AM
    Register NOW for NAMI Family to Family Class Starting in February

     
  • Disease list for Illinois medical marijuana could grow Jan 6, 2015 6:41 AM
    Illinois residents can now formally suggest a new medical condition that could benefit from medical marijuana. The Illinois Department of Public Health is accepting petitions through the end of February. A blank petition is posted on the state’s medical cannabis website. Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t appointed the advisory board that will review petitions and hold hearings. If Quinn is going to make appointments, he will need to do so before Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office Monday. The Illinois law lists dozens of conditions and diseases that now can qualify a patient to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s permission. They include cancer, glaucoma, HIV and hepatitis C. Some states have allowed other conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, arthritis, migraines and insomnia.

     
  • Strokes fall to No. 5 cause of death in U.S. Jan 6, 2015 3:46 PM
    Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to number five, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings.

     
  • No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015 Jan 4, 2015 7:12 AM
    The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

     
  • Illinois doctor suspended for sexual misconduct Jan 3, 2015 7:53 AM
    Illinois regulators have disciplined a Springfield psychiatrist for alleged sexual misconduct with a female patient. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the state has temporarily suspended the license of 64-year-old Dr. Duttala Obula Reddy of Psychiatric Associates of Central Illinois. He’s accused of engaging in multiple sexual encounters with a patient at his office and other locations while also prescribing the patient antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. The patient had been referred to him by another psychiatrist who also was disciplined for having inappropriate sexual contact with patients. Court filings show Reddy is also accused of sending the patient romantic, flirtatious emails. He can refute the state’s allegations at a hearing later this month. A phone message left for Reddy at his office by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned.

     
  • Wisconsin projects Medicaid budget will balance Jan 2, 2015 1:56 PM
    Wisconsin health officials are predicting the state’s Medicaid budget will end the 2013-15 biennium balanced. Department of Health Services officials submitted a letter to the Legislature’s finance committee on Friday saying they expect to spend $16.3 billion on Medicaid programs by the time the biennium ends on June 30, the amount that was laid out in the 2013-15 state budget. The projections assume DHS will allocate $22 million in one-time money from payments drug manufacturers have made to the state to settle lawsuits alleging they improperly charged the Medicaid program for medications.

     
  • Illinois extends medical marijuana experiment to children Jan 2, 2015 4:48 PM
    Randy Gross hopes a new law allowing children into Illinois’ medical marijuana program will reunite his family, nearly a year after his wife moved to Colorado so their son could receive a controversial treatment to ease his epileptic seizures. Gross lives and works in Illinois. His wife, Nicole, moved with their two sons so their 8-year-old could legally swallow a quarter-teaspoon of marijuana oil each day. “We can tell he’s feeling better,” Nicole Gross said of Chase.

     
  • Amid drought, California town rushes desalination plant Jan 3, 2015 2:58 PM
    A California Natural Resources Agency spokesman said the emergency decree supports Cambria’s action, but did not specifically direct it. The declaration directed state officials to assist communities in need of water, measures called for “under the extraordinary circumstances of the worst drought in 40 years.”

     
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