Category Archives: Healthcare

Sen. Frerichs and Rep. Jakobsson Vote to Send Medical Cannabis Users to Jail

MY FRIEND JULIE FALCO lives in Chicago and is an alum of Illinois State University, where she graduated in Communications and played in a band called New Position. She was singing live on stage in Bloomington-Normal when she suddenly found … Continue reading

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Breast Cancer Survivor

In the year 2003, I am 35 working, raising a child, trying to get by. I go to the women’s clinic for my yearly probe. It becomes more than a matter of routine when the nurse says, “Hey you’re 35 … Continue reading

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Illinois Covered = Health Security – Health Care Reform For ALL

As the General Assembly is now in overtime, health care reform and education funding continue to be two of the major issues yet to be decided. Will members (primarily the Democrats) of the General Assembly have the “Profiles of Courage” … Continue reading

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Access to Abortion and EC for Teens in Illinois

Obtaining proper reproductive healthcare and education about sexuality and sexual health is essential to keeping teens in our area healthy. In Illinois, teens are lucky to have some access to contraceptives, abortion services and other reproductive care. However, activist groups … Continue reading

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Guard Your Girls From Gardasil: What every woman and parent should know before considering the HPV vaccine.

Recently, the media has been saturated with ads promoting Gardasil, the Human Papillomavirus vaccine created by Merck. The overwhelming tone of this campaign is that cervical cancer is a growing epidemic and that the best preventative measure is to inoculate … Continue reading

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Colonized Wombs? Reproduction Rights and Puerto Rican Women

Following World War II, Puerto Rico and the rest of the Third World emerged as a problem for U.S. philanthropists, foreign policy makers, and social scientists to solve. A major concern of the times was that Third World populations were … Continue reading

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Homeopathy–The Choice of More Women

  uses extremely small doses of substances prepared in a special way to re-vitalize a person’s health. The choice of the medicine, referred to as a “remedy,” is individualized for each patient according to the symptoms and characteristics of … Continue reading

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Reducing Post-Partum Depression the Village Way

   the country was shocked to learn how Andrea Yates killed her children during an episode of post partum psychosis. The “eye for an eye” folks wanted her electrocuted. The “spare the rod, spoil the child” folks wanted … Continue reading

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You Were Told What!? A short history on the refusal of insurance plans and pharmacists to fill prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraception

  , women have been at the mercy of insurance carriers and employers who have refused to include contraceptive options as part of their health plans. Women who have been prescribed birth control for medicinal purposes other than contraception … Continue reading

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HPV: Prevention of Cervical Cancer Through Vaccination

   has been hailed by gynecologists as the most significant breakthrough in Women’s Health of the century. The first HPV Vaccine has been approved by the FDA. HPV is a DNA virus that infects skin and mucosal tissues … Continue reading

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Support our Troops! Provide Healthcare When They Get Home

In case you haven’t been keeping track, ately, the latest Department of Defense figures indicate that the U.S. is quickly approaching 2,500 soldier deaths and 18,000 casualties in Iraq. While anti-war activists have been vigilant about exposing the lies that … Continue reading

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Peoria Citizens Score Public Health Victory –And Call for Our Help

When my family moved to Peoria from Urbana more than 8 years ago, we suffered some culture shock. We’d left a fairly progressive community and a wide circle of activist friends to move to a city where the culture was … Continue reading

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Testimony to the Adequate Health Care Task Force

I had the opportunity to address Illinois’ Ade – quate Health Care Task Force on February 15, 2006, when they visited the 15th Congres – sional District. My remarks were received with boisterous applause. Here’s the text of my testimony: … Continue reading

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Healthcare Justice for Illinois

After over a decade in which it was considered a third rail of politics, and despite all the lobbying on the part of insurance and pharmaceutical industries, health care reform is again making political waves as we realize that our … Continue reading

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Waking Up to the Reality of Healthcare in Champaign County

Over the last 22 years, that I have lived, worked, and attended school in Champaign C o u n t y, I have used nearly every possible method to cover health care costs for my daughter and myself: school insurance, … Continue reading

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Campaign for Access to Emergency Contraception

Om March 3, 1973, , the U.S. Congress passed the Comstock Act, criminalizing the publication, distribution, and possession of information about contraception. In the intervening century, everyday women fought hard for their birth control rights. They marched and picketed, were … Continue reading

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Health Justice Act Before Fall Veto Session

Universal Health Care process is before the Illinois Senate this fall. A coalition based in CU is a major activist group agitating for its passage. The Health Care Justice Act of 2003 initiates a process to achieve universal health care. … Continue reading

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(Medical) Debtors Prison Alive and Well in Champaign County

    -  and unplanned, and with the rising cost of health care, many people are quickly plunged into debt, bankruptcy, financial ruin, and poor health as a result of mounting bills and hospitals’ aggressive collection practices. … Continue reading

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Servicios de Interpretación en los Hospitales

Las personas de habla inglesa limitada deben recibir servicios de interpretación de intérpretes calificados y familiarizados con la terminología médica para así dar la verdadera asistencia sanitaria al paciente. Las leyes y las pautas federales requieren que todos los proveedores … Continue reading

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CCHCC and local immigrants kick off campaign for improved hospital interpreter services

.%    population and 11.1% of the Champaign County population have Limited English Proficiency. This means that a growing number of people in our community face the danger of being unable to adequately communicate with health care providers. … Continue reading

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