URBANA – Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville must continue accepting PersonalCare insurance, at least for now, a Champaign County judge has ruled.
Judge Jeffrey Ford granted PersonalCare Insurance of Illinois a temporary restraining order Monday, forcing the hospital's parent company, Provena Health, to honor its contract with the managed-care company until further notice.
URBANA – For Dorothy Berger, the gap in her new Medicare drug plan arrived way too fast.
Less than five months after her new Medicare prescription drug coverage took effect Jan. 1, she went to her pharmacy to pick up her monthly pain patch and got a big surprise.
Insight Communications appears to have largely resolved problems with its cable Internet service that occurred amid an upgrade of the company's system in recent weeks.
"We still want people to call us if they're having problems," Melody Brucker, Insight's district vice president in Champaign-Urbana, said Tuesday. "There may be individual issues."
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign City Council member Ken Pirok played his cards close to his vest in recent days, declining to say whether he would support a comprehensive smoking ban in Champaign.
He stayed mum Tuesday night while several other council members explained the rationale behind their positions, as debate went on well past 11 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN -- Provena Health says it is terminating its contract with PersonalCare insurance, effective June 2.
That means Provena's six hospitals, including Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, will become "out of network" providers for PersonalCare's managed care members.
CHAMPAIGN – About two-thirds of the cost of relocating and expanding Frances Nelson Health Center is now covered.
But there's a big hole remaining in this $3 million project: Another $1 million needs to be raised from the local community if this small Champaign clinic is going to be able to help more needy patients, say those involved in the fundraising.
Problems with e-mail and slow and dropped connections on Insight Communications' fast Internet service, which have been plaguing some local residents since at least last week, should be mostly resolved by week's end, company officials say.
Residents who have problems now should try unplugging their cable modems, replugging them, resetting routers or other home networking equipment and restarting their computers, Melody Brucker, Insight's district vice president in Champaign-Urbana, said Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN – With Monday looming as the last day to enroll in a new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, a local consumer group is calling on the government to extend the deadline.
Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers, said her group is continuing to find eligible Medicare beneficiaries who are confused about their options.
URBANA – Draped in a pink shawl and surrounded by her family and friends, Linda Mills sits on a podium and says this day is "almost like a dream come true."
"I told Dr. (Kendrith) Rowland that you have to keep me going long enough so I can be here," she said.
URBANA – Champaign County shows off its $20 million state-of-the-art nursing home today, hoping mold is a no-show.
An open-house ceremony will be held at noon today, with tours running until 5 p.m. The new building is at 500 S. Art Bartell Drive, U, off Main Street.