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Health Care

Family life: Don't put off health insurance enrollment

By Chelsey Byers/University of Illinois Extension

The Affordable Care Act was passed to ensure that all Americans have access to health insurance. The marketplace offers uninsured individuals and families various health care plans. If you currently do not have coverage or need coverage for 2015, it's time for you and your family to review your health insurance options.

John Roska: When FMLA applies for sick days

Q: Can I make my employer give me medical leave? I need to be off several days for surgery, and don't have any paid vacation or sick leave that I can take for it.

A: If the FMLA applies, your employer must give you unpaid leave for surgery. Whether the FMLA applies depends on several things.

Piatt County panel backs nursing home administrator

The Piatt County Board's nursing home committee voted 2-1 to back a decision by Nursing Home Administrator Gary Coulter to eliminate three unit assistant positions.

UI nursing administrator turning focus to teaching, research on diabetes

CHAMPAIGN — For more than two decades, local nurse practitioner Sandra Burke has been teaching and writing about a disease that has escalated to epidemic proportion — diabetes.

Finance worries vexing nursing home board

URBANA — Financial concerns related to state Medicaid reimbursements and delays continue to weigh on the members of the Champaign County Nursing Home board.

At Monday's meeting county board member Gary Maxwell, a Mahomet Republican who said he intends to leave the nursing home board, said he believes the board faces two "unpopular options" in attempting to remain financially viable.

Friends, family, colleagues gather to help firefighter with rare cancer

ST. JOSEPH — If there's such a thing as the "right stuff" for firefighters, Rusty Chism was likely born with it.

The 49-year-old St. Joseph native grew up around the local fire station, where his father served as chief.

At age 19, he grudgingly attended a meeting that Forrest Chism organized to attract younger volunteers.

Outbreak 'teach-ins' set at UI

CHAMPAIGN — Mabinty Tarawallie hasn't been back to her native country for two years.

But she speaks to her brother every day, by phone, text or Facebook, to get the latest news on their family and the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

"Everybody's OK. Everybody's fine," she said Friday. "It's just scary."

Updated: Obamacare Part II brings more choices, some lower costs, some higher

CHICAGO — Open enrollment for Obamacare round two begins in a week, and the good news in Illinois is there will be more choices and at least some lower premium rates for health coverage being sold through the government marketplace.

Red Cross plans blood drives to be ready for holiday needs

The Red Cross has scheduled blood drive throughout the area to ramp up supplies before the holiday season, when blood donations typically decline.

All types of blood are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, according to the Red Cross.

Danville zoning panel doesn't back marijuana dispensary

DANVILLE — A Champaign doctor argued passionately Thursday night that opening a medical marijuana dispensary at his Danville clinic would help people suffering with pain, but the city's planning and zoning commission did not give its support.