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Nursing home doing well, but rough seas ahead

URBANA -- Things are looking up at the Champaign County Nursing Home, members of the nursing home board of directors were told Monday.

But it's not going to last.

The county-run nursing home had its highest average daily census in at least five years in October, monthly net income was up, operating expenses dropped and cash flow improved.


Relay for Life plans art fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — The event chairwoman of the 2013 Relay For Life of Champaign County is seeking 100 artists to donate to a fundraiser in connection with the race, which raises money for cancer research.


Health Alliance, Coventry contracts have renewal clauses

SPRINGFIELD — Health Alliance Medical Plans and Coventry Health Care have been awarded new contracts to provide fully-insured HMO health plans for state employees and retirees for at least the next three-and-a-half years.

But with the potential for five renewals on those contracts, they could be in place much longer.


Health Alliance, Coventry win state employee health contracts

SPRINGFIELD — Health Alliance Medical Plans and Coventry Health Care have been awarded new contracts to provide fully-insured HMO health plans for state employees and retirees for at least the next three-and-a-half years.

But with the potential for five renewals on those contracts, they could be in place much longer.


State launches project for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

CHICAGO — If you think your health coverage gets complicated, imagine being in two different government health programs that don't work together.

There's the state's Medicaid program for the needy and the federal government's Medicare program for seniors and disabled adults, and no coordination for the so-called "dual-eligibles" qualified to enroll in both, state officials say.


Cancer society sets 37th Smokeout

URBANA — For Ed and Elizabeth Medaris, smoking two or three packs of cigarettes a day was draining more than the family budget.

Ed was starting to show signs of lung health issues, his wife says.

They got to thinking, if they quit, they'd be healthier — plus they could put all that cigarette money toward the new motorcycle they wanted.


Local book signing scheduled

Champaign author Leighann Calentine will be at Barnes & Noble in Champaign at 7 p.m. Wednesday to sign copies of her book "Kids First, Diabetes Second" in honor of World Diabetes Day.


Kirby marks its first year in its new location

MONTICELLO — Mayor Chris Corrie always knew the northern edge of town across Interstate 72 was ripe for development.

He just wasn't sure it would ever happen.

"A developer from Chicago had it, but it didn't go anywhere. I wondered if anything would ever happen there. It's such a wonderful doorstep to the community," Corrie said.


For local druggists, customer service is a personal thing

CHAMPAIGN — There are creams, ointments, liquids and lollypops being prepared in the compounding lab at Tony Jones' pharmacy.

They're all medicines customized to individual patients, and those patients generally live locally.


Some compounding pharmacies fill needs Big Pharma passes over

CHAMPAIGN — Compounding pharmacists don't just customize drugs for individual patients with special needs.

As pharmaceutical companies have stopped making some products, compounding pharmacists have played an increasingly important role helping fill in drug gaps.