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Farmers Market Encourages Healthy Eating in BOTY

On 51st and Wood are a corner/liquor store, several brick apartment buildings, and a busy intersection. There are no grocery stores located on the block, with only several in the neighborhood. But fast food restaurants and corner stores are still more accessible than produce stores. Yet, at this intersection is a local community garden that […]

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Ultimo empuje para cobertura de salud

Get Covered Illinois, organizaciones comunitarias ayudan a los que comenzaron el proceso de inscripción antes del 31 de marzo y no pudieron terminar Aún hay tiempo de inscribirse para obtener cobertura médica. Residentes de Illinois que intentaron inscribirse en el Mercado de Seguros Médicos a través del sitio web, por teléfono o en persona durante el […]

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Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment ends, opportunity to finish enrollment process available to those who started

 Uninsured Illinois residents who tried to apply for coverage online, on the phone, or with in-person assistance during the Marketplace Open Enrollment period, but ran into issues that prevented them from getting enrolled by March 31st have until April 15th to enroll for health coverage. Residents can visit the GetCoveredIllinois.gov website to see if they qualify for […]

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Affordable Care Act update from the BYNC ACA outreach coordinator

1. With less than 1 month left before ACA open enrollment closes, what should consumers know? Consumers need to know March 31st is the last day to select a plan from the Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare provides a new tax credit to help consumers afford health coverage purchased through the Marketplace. According to the […]

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HHS announces ACA enrollment numbers for first four months

Get Covered Illinois Marketplace enrollment number increases to more than 88,000 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released numbers for the first four months of enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) Wednesday. So far, 88,602 Illinois residents have selected a private health care plan through the federal website since Oct. 1.  In […]

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Sixty percent of 12th graders do not view regular marijuana use as harmful

The percentage of high-schoolers who see great risk from being regular marijuana users has dropped dramatically in the past 10 years, according to this year’s Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, which measures drug use and attitudes among the nation’s 8th, 10th and 12th-graders. The change in attitudes is reflected in continued high rates of marijuana […]

New report highlights benefits of flu vaccine

Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). CDC also reported that despite the benefits of flu vaccination, only 40 percent of Americans 6 […]

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Health care advocates urge Latinos to seek guidance, sign up for ACA

Local leaders, doctors, social workers and journalists came together to discuss the barriers Latinos are facing when joining the new health care system. On Wednesday, Dec. 11 a panel of experts answered questions and discussed some of the major components of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Layla Suleiman Gonzalez is the executive director of the […]

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Over 1,000 free mammograms for uninsured women

Beyond October! a Metro-Wide Mammogram Screening Initiative The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force is extending an initiative to provide over 1,000 free mammograms to uninsured women called Beyond October!.   This initiative emphasizes the importance of mammograms beyond October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Annual mammograms are key for early detection of breast cancer, which significantly increases […]