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Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a harbinger of potentially big changes for Medicare, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers next year through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans.

Three cases of rare neurological condition confirmed in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has three confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the rare but serious neurological condition that strikes mostly children, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Health Reporter Is In, Nov. 8, 2018

Q: What kind of smoking-cessation help is advised for pregnant women?

A: The latest recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises clinicians to ask all pregnant women about tobacco use, advise them about quitting and provide them with behavioral interventions (such as support, education and counseling) to help them quit.

CVS Health tops 3rd-quarter earnings forecasts

More prescriptions and lower taxes pushed CVS Health past third-quarter expectations as the pharmacy giant closed in on a deal it will use to change how millions of people manage their health.

CVS Health said Tuesday that it expects to complete its $69 billion acquisition of the nation's third-largest health insurer, Aetna, before Thanksgiving.

Austin's Place shelter seeking volunteers ahead of Dec. 1 opening

CHAMPAIGN — Austin's Place, the emergency winter shelter for homeless women at First United Methodist Church in Champaign, still needs volunteers in time for its opening Dec. 1.

The shelter is being expanded for this winter from eight to 10 beds, according to co-leader Kelli Kemper.

For the retirees, Nov. 4-11, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Autumn Fields' third area adult-living facility in Tilton already nearly half-full

TILTON — The third Autumn Fields Adult Community facility in East Central Illinois is nearly half-full after opening in September at its lakeside location in Tilton.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.

The Health Reporter Is In, Nov. 1, 2018

Q: What are the main things to know about enrolling in health insurance for next year through the government exchange?

A: Premiums are rising, on average, by 6 percent next year for Affordable Care Act-compliant plans sold both on and off the government exchange, according to research published last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

State regulators approve sale of Champaign County Nursing Home

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BOLINGBROOK — The Champaign County Nursing Home is on its way to becoming privately owned, now that a sale lined up by county officials has been approved by state regulators.