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Peoria health experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic is having a detrimental impact on mental well-being for many people, causing an increase in stress, anxiety and depression.

“We’re facing an invisible enemy that one of the ways to try and beat it or contain it is to not be around other people,” said Ted Bender, president of UnityPlace, the behavioral health and addiction services branch of UnityPoint Health.

Congressman Darin LaHood says he’s “thrilled” with his new committee assignment.

Speaker Paul Ryan appointed LaHood to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

LaHood considers it a significant committee because it deals with taxation, trade, healthcare, and many entitlement programs.             

“..Those are important issues to the American people. They’re important to our seniors. They’re important to every facet of our economic system.”

Lawmakers question whether reimbursement rates in an expanded managed care health plan will be sufficient to keep insurers providing service.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' Medicaid patients will see a change in health care coverage Jan. 1. 

An Indiana group has won nearly $1 million in federal funds to boost efforts to use technology to bring healthcare to under-served areas in four states.


Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza visited Herrin in southern Illinois Monday, to hear from medical doctors what late insurance payments mean to their practice.  

In a packed conference room at the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois, Mendoza heard from CEO Greg Thompson - who says even though they have never missed a payroll, sometimes the physicians haven given  up their own pay, so staff can get paid.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Congress needs to act soon to shore up the federal online health insurance marketplaces.

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State government came to the living room of a home on a tree-lined street in Lombard Tuesday morning. It was a rare scene. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle crowded around a kitchen table as Governor Bruce Rauner signed ‘Charlies’ Law’

Tammy Duckworth is glad to be back working for the entire population of Illinois.

She has just completed her first three months as a U.S. Senator, following her defeat of Republican incumbent Mark Kirk last November.

Duckworth spent three years as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs before moving to Washington D.C. as Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs under President Obama. She returned to Illinois in late 2011 and won the Illinois 8th District U.S. House seat the following year.

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Patients transitioning from a hospital stay back into a home environment are the focus of a new floor at UnityPoint-Health Proctor. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state lawmakers are planning to assess how Medicaid cuts proposed by President Donald Trump's administration could impact vulnerable residents.

Illinois could have its first-ever micro-hospital if plans to build one in Crystal Lake are approved, according to state officials.

The corner of Three Oaks Road and Route 31 would be the location for the proposed 13-bed facility. A hearing by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is tentatively scheduled in June.

Peoria's State of the City Resolved After CAT News

Feb 1, 2017
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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis delivered the annual State of the City Speech Wednesday, a day after Caterpillar announced it will take its headquarters and top 300 executive jobs to Chicago.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words today in Springfield for Republican proposals in Congress to repeal Obamacare and give states more responsibility in running Medicaid.  President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have both said they’re in favor of so-called block grants. 

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When a social service provider has to shut down programs, that can cause the burden on taxpayers to increase, even though it's because the state government has stopped its funding. 

That's according to the CEO of a mental health care network called Centerstone Illinois. John Markley says he had to close Centerstone's crisis center in June, which helped people with psychiatric emergencies. At the center in Carterville, it cost Centerstone about $400 on average to treat an individual. Markley says the same case at a hospital would cost more than $2,000.

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Two Democratic Illinois lawmakers are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a measure to ensure consumer choice for those with disabilities. 

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Planned Parenthood health centers in Peoria, Pekin and Bloomington this month added services for transgender patients. Peoria Public Radio’s Cass Herrington reports members of the transgender community welcome the news, but say there’s still a void in the treatment that’s available:

Darcia Ostling started her transition six years ago, “From who I was into who I am, who I truly am,” Ostling said.

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Peoria residents who identify as transgender will have more local options for health services, like hormone therapy.

Planned Parenthood announced Wed. its centers in Peoria and Pekin will begin offering hormone treatment and preventative care, specifically for transgender patients as soon as Aug. 1.

Peoria Transgender Society Co-chair Kristen Haley says it’s a step forward for improving options available in Peoria.

“Access to necessary healthcare services is the biggest challenge transgender people face, whether the reasons are economic or geographical,” Haley said.

UnityPoint Health Methodist Renovation Complete

Jul 12, 2016
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The roughly $12 million in exterior updates and the new Ambulatory Surgery entrance at Unity Point Methodist in downtown is complete. Patients have been using the new entrance but today those who made the 18 month long effort possible are celebrating its completion.

Debbie Simon is the CEO of UnityPoint Health-Peoria. She says the project had a lot of complexity because the core business of patient care had to continue. But Simon says it was worth the investment.

Illinois women who rely on state services are among those most affected by the nearly year-long state budget impasse.

Lawmakers and advocates say workers who care for developmentally disabled residents should get a pay raise to comply with a federal court order. 

Tremont Medical Clinic joins OSF family

Apr 8, 2016

Tremont Medical Clinic is becoming part of the OSF HealthCare system. The clinic was welcomed into the OSF family at a blessing and dedication ceremony this evening. The transition means the facility will be renamed OSF Medical Group Tremont. The office will remain on South Locust Street and many of its medical staff will remain with the clinic through the transition.

Older people could be spending a greater chunk of their income on healthcare next year, based on a measure of inflation that depends on gas prices. 

The University of Illinois is grappling with a requirement of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect in 2016. 

Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year.

A new report finds Illinois has continued making health care payments for people who died, despite officials saying last year that the problem needed to be fixed.

A new four-year nursing program is coming to the University of Illinois Springfield.  It will be the first medical major the campus is offering. 

September is Discover Innovention Month at Jump

Sep 5, 2014

Jump Trading Simulation and Innovation Center in Peoria is offering a series of seminars in recognition of innovation month. 

Illinois' public employee unions are hinting that legislators passed up their chance to negotiate on pensions. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

What to do about Illinois' soaring pension debt remains a concern, even though legislators passed a law overhauling the state's retirement systems. Its constitutionality is in question.  

Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons part 3

Jul 9, 2014

Illinois taxpayers pay a private company more than a hundred million dollars a year to give health care to prison inmates. Yet no one in Illinois knows how good, or bad, the care is. But that will likely change soon. As part of our series “Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons,” Illinois Public Radio's Robert Wildeboer reports.  

On July 28, 2012 Elawndoe Shannon put in a request for sick call at the prison where he was housed in Lawrence, Illinois.  Two days later, he died.