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Governor Quinn Announces More Than 121,000 People Sign-up for Healthcare in First Month of Open Enrollment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 02 January 2015 09:00

Eighty Percent of Illinois Enrollees are Eligible for Financial Assistance

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that more than 121,000 people have enrolled or re-enrolled in a healthcare plan in the first month of enrollment for the second year of Get Covered Illinois (GCI). The strong start for year two means that approximately 800,000 people in Illinois have obtained coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) either through the private plans offered through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace or the expanded Medicaid program. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois.

“In the past 14 months, we have been able to help 800,000 people enroll in health coverage through Get Covered Illinois," Governor Quinn said. “Expanding health coverage to more families has strengthened Illinois' comeback. For all of those who have taken advantage of this historic opportunity, it means better health and financial stability, which are instrumental to a healthy family and a healthy state.”

According to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 121,243 people in Illinois selected plans through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace leading up to the December 15 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

About 80 percent of Illinois residents who selected health insurance plans in the first month of open enrollment were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums, compared to 73 percent who selected plans over a similar period last year. Of the 121,243 Illinoisans who selected a plan, 46 percent re-enrolled in a Marketplace plan in 2015 and 54 percent signed up for the first time.

“We’re pleased that in Illinois 121,243 people signed up for Marketplace coverage during the first month of open enrollment. The vast majority were able to lower their costs even further by getting tax credits, making a difference in the bottom lines of so many families,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. “Interest in the Marketplace has been strong during the first month of open enrollment. We still have a ways to go and a lot of work to do before February 15, but this is an encouraging start.”

In year one of the Marketplace, 217,000 people enrolled in a private healthcare plan. In addition, to date, more than 536,000 have enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program under the ACA.

Get Covered Illinois has a made an aggressive push to start to the second enrollment season with more than 500 enrollment events and extended enrollment hours across the state.

“Year two of Open Enrollment is off to a successful start. These first month’s results show that Get Covered Illinois’ outreach and education efforts are making an impact,” GCI Executive Director Jennifer Koehler said. “In fact, we enrolled more people in the first 30 days of this round of open enrollment than we did in the first 90 days last year. As pleased as we are with our progress, we know there are still tens of thousands of uninsured residents in Illinois, and our goal is to reach and enroll as many of them as possible in the remaining 47 days of the Open Enrollment Period."

There are more than 400 plans offered through the Marketplace in 2015, all of which are quality, private insurance plans available from the top insurance companies in the state to fit consumer needs. All plans cover essential health benefits including doctor visits, emergency care, preventive services and more.

Residents can seek free, in-person help enrolling in coverage from a trained professional near them. To learn more about GCI and how to find free in-person help:

·         Visit our website at GetCoveredIllinois.gov (which includes a Spanish-language version) for more information and to make an appointment for free- in-person help with a trained professional near you.

·         Call the GCI Help Desk at (866) 311-1119. Help desk representatives are available each day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

·         Meet in person with a specially trained Navigator, agent or broker who can help you understand your options and help you enroll. There are hundreds of certified professionals ready to help you that can be located on the GCI website or through the GCI Help Desk.

Twitter: @CoveredIllinois

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Most Popular Baby Names At Genesis BirthCenters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:52

FYI: Through Dec. 28th, 2,504 babies had been born at Genesis BirthCenters.

Avery, Olivia and Jackson Top List Of Most Popular Names Of Genesis Babies

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Dec. 30, 2014 – Parents of baby girls born at Genesis BirthCenters broke with the national trend in 2014.

Avery (only No. 15 most popular nationally) and Olivia (No. 3 nationally) shared No. 1 (12 each) as the most popular names for baby girls born at Genesis this year.

Jackson was the No. 1 boys name at Genesis BirthCenters with 19 baby boys going home with that name and was No. 1 nationally in 2014, according to Babycenter.com.

Olivia has become a traditional naming choice in the Quad Cities for baby girls. Olivia was No. 2 last year and No. 1 the previous year.

Avery made the Genesis top 10 previously at No. 8 in 2012.

Jackson has also appeared in the Genesis top 10 lists previously but jumped from not even making the top 10 to No. 1 in one year.

Liam, No. 1 last year as the most popular Genesis boy name, dropped just one spot on the Genesis list and is No. 3 nationally in popularity. Liam may owe some of its continuing popularity to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth and his recurring role as Gale Hawthorne in the film series The Hunger Games. Hemsworth is a star with young fans.

Sophia, which was the most popular girls name three times at Genesis since 2010, fell all the way to a tie for eighth this year but remains the most popular name nationally for baby girls.

The top five most popular girl names at Genesis BirthCenters in 2014 were Avery and Olivia (12 babies); Zoey (11) and Lillian, Evelyn and Mia (10 babies each).

Following Jackson (19) as the five most popular boys name at Genesis in 2014 were Liam (16), Alexander (13) and James and Logan (12 each).

The top five girl names nationally in 2014, according to babycenter.com were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Isabella. The top five boy names were a repeat of 2013; Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas, and Noah.

While popularity is nice, a few babies born at Genesis in 2014 will have names they won’t be sharing with anyone in their class. Among the less common names given to babies born at Genesis in 2014 were Daleyza (girl); Dezyare, (girl); Khamiyah (girl); Za’Leihna (girl); Abhivadyua (boy); Acecytho (boy); Scoeteriouz (boy); and, Xzayvian (boy).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2014 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Tie, Avery and Olivia (12); 3. Zoey (11); 4. tie, Lillian, Evelyn and Mia (10); 7. Isabella (9); 8. tie, Nora, Gabriella, Sophia and Harper (8).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2014 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Jackson (19); 2. Liam (16); 3. Alexander (13); 4. tie, James and Logan (12); 6. tie, Gabriel, Dylan, Jacob, Elijah, Henry and David (11).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2013 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Sophia (19); 2. Olivia (14); 3 tie, Ava, Elizabeth, and Emma (10) 6. tie, Addison, Aubrey, and Mia (9); 9. Ella;10. Charlotte

Most Popular Boys BabyNames In 2013 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Liam (21); 2. tie, Isaac and William (16); 4. tie, Carter, David, and Ethan (15); 7. tie, Aiden and Brayden (12); 9. Mason (11); 10. Logan (9)

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2012 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Olivia (18); 2. Isabella (17); 3. Sophia (14); 4. tie, Ava and Madison (12); 6. tie, Emma (11) and Zoey (11); 8. tie, Avery and Chloe (10); 10. Lily (9).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2012 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Mason (17); 2. Benjamin (14); 3. tie, William, Alexander and Noah (13); 6. Elijah (12); 7. tie, Henry, Anthony, Jayden and Jackson (11).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2011 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Sophia (22); 2. Ava (17); 3. tie, Addison and Isabella (16); 5. Lily (13); 6. tie, Olivia, Emily and Ella (11); 9. Madison (10); 10. Kylee (9).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2011 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Alexander (17); 2. Elijah (15); 3. tie, Noah and Landon (14); 5. Logan (13); 6. tie, Owen, Aiden, Brayden, Liam (12); 10. tie, Gavin and Jackson (11).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2010 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Sophia (30); 2. Isabella (23); 3. Emma (22); 4. Ava (20); 5. Addison (18); 6. Ella (17); 7. tie, Madison (14) and Madelyn (14); 9. tie, Lillian (13) and Abigail (13).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2010 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Mason (22); 2. Aiden (17); 3. tie, Alexander (13); Jacob (13); Jayden (13); Luke (13); Zachary (13); 8. tie, Noah, Owen, Caleb, Benjamin, and Carter (12).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2009 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Isabella (27); 2. Olivia (20); 3. Addison (17); 4. Abigail (16); 5. Ava (15); 6. Grace (14); 7. tie, Emily; Emma and Madison (12); 10. tie, Alexis and Hailey (11).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2009 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Noah (20); 2. tie, Ethan and Carter (19); 4. Alexander (18); 5. Logan (17); 6. tie, Jacob and Aiden (16); 8. Benjamin (15); 9. Jack (14); 10. William (13).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2008 At Genesis Birth Centers

1. Addison (21); 2. Hailey (20); 3. Madeline (18); 4. tie, Abigail, Emily and Emma (17); 7. tie, Isabella and Olivia (16); 9. Chloe (15); 10. Ava (12).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2008 At Genesis Birth Center

1. Jaden (25); 2. Aiden (23); 3. tie, Alexander and Noah (21); 5. tie, Kaiden and William (19); 7. tie, Landon and Logan (17); 9. Elijah (16); 10. Benjamin (15).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2007 At Genesis Birth Centers

1. Ava (22); 2. Olivia (21); 3. tie, Addison and Lily (18); 5. Elizabeth (16); 6. tie, Madeline, Alexis, Sophia, Isabella (14); 10. tie, Emma, Madison (13).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2007 At Genesis Birth Centers

1. Aiden (29); 2. tie, Noah and Jacob (18); 4. Ethan (17); 5. tie Jackson, Tyler, Landon, Gabriel, Benjamin, William and Alexander (Alex) 15.

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2006 at Genesis Birth Centers

1. Emma (29); 2. Olivia (20); 3. tie, Ava and Hannah (19); 5. Addison (18); 6. Grace (17); 6. Isabella (16); 7. Abigail (15); 8. tie, Alexis and Lauren (14); 10. Emily (13).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2006 at Genesis Birth Centers

1. Ethan (28); 2. tie, Aiden and Carter (20); 4. tie, Andrew, Logan, Mason and Noah (17); 8. tie, Alexander and Jacob (16); 10. tie, Hunter and Joseph (15).

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What to Know About MS Symptoms PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:33
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is far from a one-size-fits-all disease. It progresses differently for everyone, and while some people experience only a few symptoms, others must cope with many more. The frequency and severity of MS flares also vary. But one thing is the same for almost everyone with MS: A lot depends on how well you stick with your treatment plan.

"There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of exacerbations", says Jack Burks, MD, a neurologist and the chief medical officer of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. "And if you're successful in reducing the number of attacks, you may also alter the progression of the disease in the long run," he says.
One way to manage MS attacks is to understand the potential triggers and take steps to keep your symptoms under control.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Type 2 Complications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:45
Help avoid dangerous diabetes-related complications by discussing these important items with your doctor.

People with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for serious health complications, but you can help prevent these by knowing how to recognize problems and learning what to do if one develops. Here are 10 questions to ask your doctor so that you can better understand your own personal risks and take the right steps to address them.

  1. How often should I visit you for checkups in order to stay as healthy as possible and avoid diabetic complications?
  2. I have a family history of heart attack and/or stroke. Will my diabetes put me at greater risk for those problems?
  3. What are the most important warning signs to look out for in terms of diabetic emergencies, and when is calling 911 necessary?
  4. How can I tell if my blood sugar is too high or too low? What should I do about either high or low blood sugar?
  5. Is there anything I should keep with me in my purse or car that could help me treat an unexpected symptom or problem?
  6. Are there any parts of my normal routine that need to change in order to keep myself as healthy as possible?
  7. Do I need to take pills or inject insulin in order to manage my diabetes and prevent further problems?
  8. How often should I have my blood, blood pressure, and urine tested for irregularities?
  9. What are the most important signs to look out for in terms of eye damage or dental problems? Is there anything I can do to keep my eyes and teeth as healthy as possible?
  10. Is there anything in my medical history that concerns you and could be a factor in my type 2 diabetes? What can I do to address this?

 
Eating High-Fiber Foods for Type 2 Diabetes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Bauer, MS, RD   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:39

Q: Do you have any suggestions for adding fiber to my diet? I’ve heard a high-fiber diet can help people manage diabetes.

A: You’re smart to focus on incorporating more fiber into your diet. Fiber helps slow down the body’s absorption of carbohydrates, which keeps blood sugar on a more even keel. In general, starchy beans, lentils, and whole grains (brown or wild rice, whole-grain breads and cereals) tend to pack the most fiber punch, but fruits and vegetables have plenty to offer too. Some good choices of produce for fiber are leafy greens (like spinach, kale, and chard), broccoli, sweet potatoes, artichokes, berries (especially raspberries and blackberries), apples, and pears.

Just keep in mind that even high-fiber foods raise blood sugar to some extent, so you always want to pair them with protein to help stabilize your blood sugar. For example, pair a piece of fruit with some nuts or cottage cheese, serve scrambled egg whites with whole-grain toast, or enjoy a bowl of chili made with beans and lean ground turkey.

 
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