Healthcare

New Funding for Cairo Emergency Room

Jul 13, 2018
The Senator and board members gather for an announcement.
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The city of Cairo is one step closer to having emergency medical care.

Nearly $2.4 million has been dedicated to furthering construction on an emergency medical wing at Cairo's mega-clinic. 

State Senator Dale Fowler was instrumental in helping secure the funds. 

"Obviously this is about economic development," he said. "It’s about creating more jobs, they’re going to be able to expand their operation to about 100 jobs now and of course it will create infrastructure and construction jobs. But most importantly, this endeavor and this expansion will save lives."

MCO Deadline Approaching

Jun 27, 2018
Healthcare
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The deadline is approaching for Illinois Medicaid recipients who need to change their plan.

A plan developed by the legislature in 2014 requires Medicaid recipients have their benefits handled by a managed care organization to reduce costs. Adults covered by Medicare who have not already chosen a plan manager have been assigned to to an MCO.

But the assigned MCOs don’t work for everyone. Some individuals may find they have been assigned to a plan that doesn’t cover the prescriptions or doctors they need.

Illinois is on track to expand the number of physician assistants allowed in rural areas thanks to Senate Bill 2904.

The bill, which has passed both houses of the General Assembly, will expand the number of physician assistants a doctor is allowed to collaborate with in areas facing a shortage of healthcare providers.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in southern Illinois to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says Wednesday's town hall in Harrisburg is designed to solicit feedback from veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of the health care system.

SIU and SIH Break Ground on New Facility

Jun 19, 2018
People wearing hard hats shovel dirt in groundbreaking ceremony.
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The SIU School of Medicine and Southern Illinois Healthcare came together on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to break ground on a new clinic and teaching facility in Carbondale. 

The 40,000 square foot building will house medical residents and students in the physician assistant program. It will provide expanded space for teaching and patient care and help provide healthcare to Southern Illinois.  

The number of students who stay to practice in the rural community is much higher than the national average. 

There will be some changes coming to Washington County Hospital in Nashville.

The hospital board of directors has signed a management agreement with SSM Health to carry out the day-to-day operations.

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lllinois' 3 million Medicaid users will soon have more access to mental health and substance abuse treatments.

Officials in Washington, D.C. ok’d a new state program that sets aside about $2 billion in Medicaid funds for the services.

The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

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U.S. House of Representatives

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

You can watch the entire special WSIU InFocus from WSIU TV here.