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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Illinois Medicaid Applicants Face Long Wait for Benefits

State is Swamped by Applications, Delaying Coverage for Months

CLARIFICATION: The text version of this story has been revised to show that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has a policy of expediting the  processing of Medicaid applications in urgent situations. --- Jim Meadows 4/18/14

By Jim Meadows

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In this Nov. 8, 2013, photo, enrollment counselor Kenya Williams helps Jerome Davis Jr. 36, sign up for Medicaid at the Westside Health Authority in Chicago.

The Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility for Medicaid. The number of applicants for the program in Illinois since late 2013 has overwhelmed state employees --- meaning the wait for Medicaid benefits to begin can take months. 

Categories: Government, Health

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Rising from the Ashes of Disco

By Jason Croft

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Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Finding Help For Children With Mental Illness

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 7:33)

A picture drawn by Andrew about four years ago after he was diagnosed with a mental illness. His mom, Violet, says this was how he felt at the time, as being in turmoil.

Federal data shows that a smaller percentage of children in the state in need of mental health care get it compared to the national average. Health care professionals say part of the reason for that is a lack of resources, and parents not knowing where to turn for help.

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When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

By Yuki Noguchi

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(Duration: 4:29)

Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband, John Amato III, shown here in 2010, helped make a business thrive after they divorced.

Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.

Categories: Business

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Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn’t Do Mass Surveillance

By Mark Memmott

Saying that because they're both former spies they can speak the same language, Russian President Vladimir Putin told "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden on Thursday that his nation does not have a "mass system" that collects data about Russian citizens' phone calls and other electronic communications.

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