News coverage from around the state
By Kaylee Pfeiferling
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Medicaid cuts in Illinois are hitting home in the Tri-States, and your parents and grandparents could be taking the brunt of it.
It's all part of a reform package approved by state lawmakers last year that slashes funding for medical care for seniors. More
SPRINGFIELD -- Cuts to Medicaid are leaving some seniors without access to certain healthcare programs. They're programs they say can help them live longer, healthier lives.
They want lawmakers to give them more money to keep the care going. They say they need an extra $5-million to fund programs lawmakers slashed from Medicaid last year. More
By Claudia Johnson
Illinois lawmakers are being urged to “Be A Star” for nursing home residents. The Health Care Council of Illinois is traveling the state with nursing home residents and staff to get lawmakers to restore dental, vision and podiatry care to Medicaid coverage.
“We started the tour in the southern part of the state and we’re working our way towards Chicago,” Comstock said. More
The Health Care Council of Illinois is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to restore cuts to Medicaid. The group has traveled around Illinois trying to raise awareness.
The passage of the SMART Act last year made cuts to dental, podiatric, and vision care for seniors, causing dentures and eyeglasses to no longer be covered by Medicaid. More
By Kelsie Passolt
ROCKFORD (WREX) - Putting a price on senior healthcare is a tough call. On one hand, the state of Illinois has financial messes to deal with, on the other, cutting medical services could compromise quality of life. Rockford area seniors rally to let lawmakers know where they stand.
"This is something that we need." -says Amberwood Care Centre resident Georgia Giacone. More
By Eric Timmons
Rock Island nursing home officials and residents protested against funding cutbacks in elderly services on Friday.
Legislation aimed at cutting $1.6 billion in Medicaid spending reduces dental, podiatry and vision services provided to nursing home residents through Medicaid. Home
By WEEK Producer
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Health Care Council of Illinois is trying to gain support for a bill that would roll back state cuts affecting nursing home residents.
The council visited Heritage Health nursing home in Bloomington today as part of its multi-city state tour. More
By Rachel Wells
BLOOMINGTON — Residents at Heritage Health nursing home donned black hats or tiaras and feathered boas Thursday during a rally there to encourage lawmakers to restore funding for some dental, vision and podiatry care.
The Health Care Council of Illinois visited the facility as part of its eight-stop “Be a Star” tour of the state in an effort to push back certain Medicaid cuts approved last year. More
The Health Care Council of Illinois brought its multi-city tour to Quincy Thursday.
HCCI is traveling across the state to bring awareness to devastating budget cuts to healthcare services such as dental, vision and podiatry care.
Pat Comstock, Executive Director of HCCI, led the event at Sycamore Healthcare Center Thursday and urged legislators to support a bill that would rollback cuts to care for seniors. More
By MATT HOPF
Residents of a Quincy nursing home are part of a statewide effort to persuade Illinois lawmakers to restore some services cut as part of Medicaid reform last year.
Dental, vision and podiatry care are no longer covered by Medicaid as part of a reform package approved by lawmakers last year. The package was expected to save the state $1.6 billion. The savings fell short by 30 percent, state officials admit. More
by Jim Whitfield
QUINCY, ILL. -- The State of Illinois cut millions of dollars in Medicaid funding last year.
The Health Care Council of Illinois said that decision has hurt 50,000 nursing home residents across the state. More
By Daniel Kelley
State cuts to Medicaid mean most elderly residents like 94-year-old Erma Scheurer either no longer receive some medical and dental care, or nursing homes across the state provide the care at the facility's expense. More
By RICK HAYES
MT. VERNON — Residents of Countryside Manor became stars on Wednesday wearing hats and tiaras while showing support for a health care initiative by the Illinois Health Care Council.
“We’re here today to raise our voices together to let the governor, senators and representatives in Springfield know that your are the stars of our life and you can’t be forgotten,” said Pat Comstock, executive director of the IHCC.
By Sam Smith
MT. VERNON -- Illinois nursing homes are urging state leaders to restore medicaid cuts. The state slashed funding for dental, vision, and other services as part of medicaid reform last year. Now, the industry has started a petition drive seeking to reverse that decision.
A group called the Health Care Council of Illinois is touring the entire state to call attention to the medicaid cuts. Their first stop was at a Mt. Vernon nursing home today. The agency wants to make noise in Springfield on behalf of nursing home patients. More
by Allison Twaits
MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) - Nursing home residents in Mt.Vernon are fighting for better medical care in a campaign to draw attention to Medicaid cuts in Illinois.
One group has come up with a way to send a clear message to the governor about the problem. More
Mt. Vernon Register-News
Rally set to protest cuts to Medicaid
By RICK HAYES
MT. VERNON — A state organization has begun a statewide blitz to rally support for the nursing home community.
The Health Care Council of Illinois has scheduled a Be A Star for Nursing Home Residents rally at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Countryside Manor on Illinois Highway 15 East.