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July 09, 2013

Getting Ready for Illinois Health Care Exchanges

The Affordable Care Act is a huge, and sometimes confusing, piece of legislation. To complicate things further, there are a lot of questions and misinformation surrounding implementation of Illinois’ new health care exchanges. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what to expect this fall.

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Lindsey Moon/WILL
May 16, 2013

Who Decides the Price of Health Care?

We all need health care, but we don’t “consume” health care in the same way we consume anything else. How does that affect how much we pay for it? This hour on Focus, we talk about hospitals, health insurers and who decides how much to charge.

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November 15, 2012

Housing & Caregiving Options for Seniors in Central Illinois

Millions of people will fly or drive short and long distances to visit loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday.  You may have plans to be with an aging parent or parents still in their home or apartment.  When you visit, you might see or hear things that disturb you.  Is it time to have a talk about your loved one’s care and living situation?  If so, how do you do that?   As we age, what are our housing options and when should we discuss them with our children?  What do we do if we don’t have any children or aren’t close to them?

We'll talk with Julie Glawe, Executive Director, Faith In Action in Monticello, IL, and Roxanna Webb from the Family Service Senior Resource Center in Champaign about these questions as well as to help define what the various types of housing really mean and what is appropriate for different situations.

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September 06, 2012

The Affordable Care Act: What Is In Effect, What Is Yet To Come

Claudia Lennhoff, Executive Director, Champaign County Health Care Consumers

John Katsinas, Manager, Barham Benefit Group, Champaign

Host: Craig Cohen

Perhaps no single issue has been more politicized the last four years than health care. After more than a year of especially rancorous debate and discussion in Congress, and in town halls across America, this country’s health care system began an overhaul through passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. That law has set a number of changes in motion – not the least of which is a requirement for most Americans to have health insurance, or pay what the Supreme Court ruled this summer amounts to a tax. The Affordable Care Act has also addressed everything from providing relief to seniors who faced a Medicare prescription drug “donut hole,” to providing Americans under 26 with a chance to remain on their parents’ health insurance, to new regulations ensuring patients aren’t dropped from coverage due to pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act is designed do more in the coming years, including funding for state Medicaid programs geared towards preventive care, and the establishment of insurance exchanges, state to state, in 2014.

We thought it would be helpful to provide an hour in which we walk through what is and is not in the legislation, what is and is not already in place, and what it all means for your personal health care. We welcome any questions you have about the health care system, as we seek to take the politics out of it, and focus instead, on how the system works, and what you, as a health care consumer, ought to know about it.

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January 22, 2007

Women’s Health

Suzanne Trupin, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine

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August 30, 2005

U.S. Health Care: Prescription Drug Issues

Larry Sasich, Pharmacist and Research Associate at Public Citizen's Health Research Group; author of Worst Pills, Best Pills; and faculty member at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie Pennsylvania

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