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Health Care

Obesity hearings set stage for statewide change

SPRINGFIELD –Illinois officials are working to control the state’s obesity problem by hosting three public hearings statewide.

Illinois has the highest number of overweight or obese children covered under public insurance plans in the nation – or 56 percent of children receiving state-funded health insurance, according to findings by the Obesity Prevention Initiative Act.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Despite gaps in health ranks, Champaign, Vermilion counties share common ground

CHAMPAIGN – How healthy you are has a lot to do with where you live, according to a new report that found a wide disparity in the health of Illinois residents, depending on which of the state's 102 counties they call home.

The report released this morning by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin looked at the overall health and risk factors in more than 3,000 counties in all 50 states.

Pam G. Dempsey/Powdered baby formula is stacked in a corner of an office at empty tomb inc., a Christian research and service organization. Just 30 percent of Champaign County residents have access to healthy foods, according to a report released Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin

Despite help, clinic for poor faces difficult financial future

CHAMPAIGN – Three years after Frances Nelson Health Center moved and expanded with the help of a community fund drive, this Champaign clinic for those in need is facing some serious financial challenges.

And they're being fueled by more than the recession.

For three years after its move to a larger building in November 2006, Frances Nelson has been operating with some financial help pledged by Carle Clinic, Christie Clinic and both Urbana hospitals. But most of that help, including free rent, came to an end this month, and the rent going forward will be $75,000 a year.

The News-Gazette/ Aidan Boyd,3, is held by his father Matt as he gets the nasal form of the H1N1 vaccine from Public Health nurse Amy Walker at Thomasboro grade school in October.

Federal health insurance starts to expire for those who lost jobs

CHAMPAIGN — The financial misery for many Americans affected by recession job cuts took a turn for the worse this week, as a temporary helping hand from Uncle Sam to pay for health insurance began to expire.

The nine-month subsidy that helped people losing their jobs pay for extended coverage through their former employers’ health plans ran out Nov. 30 for the first people who began receiving it in March.

More people will lose this COBRA subsidy in succeeding months, and those losing their jobs after Dec. 31 won’t have any help with their COBRA costs at all, according to Families USA, a national health care consumer organization.


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