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Governor Quinn Announces Appointments to State Health Improvement Plan Council PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Friday, 22 July 2011 22:49

Group Will Develop Strategies to Improve the Health of Illinois Residents

CHICAGO – July 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced 25 appointments to the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Implementation Coordination Council. Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments the Governor is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to improving the health of all Illinois residents. The interdisciplinary council is tasked with developing implementation strategies for the state’s SHIP. The SHIP council will work collaboratively with the Governor’s Health Care Reform Implementation Council to promote statewide improvements in public health.

Effective immediately, Governor Quinn named Joseph Antolin, Patricia Canessa, Jenifer Cartland, Greg Chance, Edwin Chandrasekar, Margaret Gadon, Cathy Grossi, Martin Hatlie, Roger Holloway, Kevin Hutchinson, Ahlam Jbara, Robert Kieckhefer, Tammy Lemke, Janine Lewis, Hong Liu, David McCurdy, Maureen McHugh, James Nelson, Sharon Post, Jose Sanchez, Clarita Santos, Patricia Schou, Terry Solomon, Janna Stansell and Christina R. Welter to the SHIP Implementation Coordination Council.

“This council brings together a diverse group of health care professionals that are leaders in their respective fields,” said Governor Quinn. “We want a comprehensive approach to make sure the people of Illinois are healthy, and that means bringing everyone to the table. I look forward to the council’s work, and the results they will help us achieve in public health.”

The SHIP is a framework to address public health issues through an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes the strengths of the entire public health system. Under law, the state of Illinois must complete a SHIP every four years with the goal of creating a system that ensures optimal physical, mental and social well-being for all people in Illinois through a high-functioning public health system. The most recent SHIP was updated in August 2010 to reflect federal health care reform and other state health policies.

In July 2010, the Governor signed into law legislation creating a Governor-appointed council to implement the SHIP, which was one of the one of the recommendations of the SHIP planning team. The group will provide further definition of priorities and action steps, engage stakeholders to enact SHIP objectives, and promote the plan as a common agenda across the public health system.

The SHIP calls for the state to improve access to comprehensive health-related services, enhance data and information technology in the health care sectors, address the social factors affecting health and health disparities, manage and improve the public health system, and ensure sufficient workforce in the health care and public health fields. The SHIP is prevention-focused and centered on the following priority health concerns: alcohol/tobacco, use of illicit drugs/misuse of legal drugs, mental health, environment, obesity (including nutrition and physical activity), oral health, patient safety and quality, unintentional injury and violence.

In addition to the appointed council members, representatives of 12 state agencies and the chair of the State Board of Health, Dr. Javette Orgain, will participate in the SHIP Implementation Coordination Council.  These agencies all play a critical role in the implementation of the SHIP recommendations and will be working with the council to ensure that the goals of the SHIP are achieved. The council co-chairs will be appointed by the Governor.

Information regarding the new council members is attached.

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Braley Statement on Institute of Medicine’s Report on Women’s Health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kira Ayish   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 18:24

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement regarding the Institute of Medicine’s decision supporting women’s comprehensive health care:

“I commend the Institute of Medicine for their recent report supporting women’s access to comprehensive health care. I have long fought for women’s rights, and I believe this would be a groundbreaking step to ensure that women have full control over their reproductive lives. By requiring that health insurers provide birth control at no cost, this important action would remove major financial obstacles for women who are seeking contraceptives.”

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Good Samaritans Performing CPR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Monday, 18 July 2011 22:37

New Law Updates Legal Protections for Citizens Helping in Emergencies

CHICAGO – July 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help protect good Samaritans who provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to a person having a heart attack or suffering cardiac arrest. Governor Quinn signed House Bill 1549, which amends the Good Samaritan Act in order to provide liability protection to individuals who are trained in CPR in accordance with either American Red Cross or American Heart Association standards.

More than 300,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. every year. According to the American Heart Association, less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest by a trained bystander can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

“Citizens who have been trained in CPR should not be reluctant to use their training to help another person in an emergency,” said Governor Quinn. “CPR saves lives, and we want those who are able, to step up and help their fellow citizens in a crisis without fear of a lawsuit. This law protects good Samaritans and will protect lives.” 

Previously, legal protections covered ‘certified’ rescuers; the updated law amends language so that all ‘trained’ rescuers are protected from lawsuits. Public confusion about who would be protected from civil liability under the Good Samaritan Act decreased the number of people willing to provide CPR to someone in emergency situations.

Updated training methods from the American Red Cross and American Heart Association focus on hands-only CPR, in which chest compressions are delivered to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as traditional CPR, and is easier to master and perform than mouth-to-mouth ventilation.

House Bill 1549, sponsored by Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) and Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joilet), was an initiative of the American Red Cross and supported by the American Heart Association. The law takes effect immediately.

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Braley Secures $12.5 Million in New Medicare Payments to Iowa Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:17

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced that 20 Iowa hospitals will receive $12.5 million in additional Medicare reimbursements. The payments will be delivered to the hospitals tomorrow, and come as a result of a provision Rep. Braley authored and passed into law during the health care negotiations last Congress.

"For decades, Iowa’s doctors have been punished for no reason other than geography," said Rep. Braley. "These payments are the first step toward ending these geographic disparities and reforming our Medicare system so it finally rewards quality of care instead of the number of procedures performed."

The following Iowa hospitals will receive the funds:

Hospital Name  

County  

Estimated Payment  

Broadlawns Medical Center  

Polk  

$44,991  

Grinnell Regional Medical Center  

Poweshiek  

$89,982  

Iowa Lutheran Hospital  

Polk  

$479,904  

Iowa Methodist Medical Center  

Polk  

$1,709,658  

Lakes Regional Healthcare  

Dickinson  

$74,985  

Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center  

Marshall  

$164,967  

Mary Greeley Medical Center  

Story  

$479,904  

Mercy Hospital  

Johnson  

$509,898  

Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids  

Linn  

$584,883  

Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines  

Polk  

$2,129,574  

Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa  

Cerrogordo  

$1,004,799  

Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City  

Woodbury  

$779,844  

Skiff Medical Center  

Jasper  

$104,979  

Spencer Municipal Hospital  

Clay  

$164,967  

St Anthony Regional Hospital  

Carroll  

$104,979  

St Luke’s Hospital  

Linn  

$794,841

St Luke’s Regional Medical Center

Woodbury

$374,925

Trinity Regional Medical Center

Webster

$434,913

Unity Hospital

Muscatine

$74,985

University Of Iowa Hospital & Clinics

Johnson

$2,399,520

TOTAL

$12,507,499

Rep. Braley secured the funding during late night negotiations with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama Administration officials before the final health care votelast spring. Tomorrow, Iowa hospitals will receive $12.5 million in additional Medicare reimbursements, or 8.3 percent of the available funds. Under Rep. Braley’s provision, Iowa receives the 4th-highest amount of payments of any state.

Last Congress, Braley negotiated a compromise adding language to the health carereform bill that provides an immediate $800 million to address geographic disparities for both doctors and hospitals, as well as written guarantees from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for further action toreform Medicare reimbursement rates. Iowa doctors and hospitals have long suffered from an unfair Medicare formula which reimburses them at a lower rate than providers in other states – all while offering some of the highest quality, lowest-cost care in the nation.

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AARP LAUNCHES NEXT WAVE OF EFFORTS URGING CONGRESS, WHITE HOUSE TO PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE FROM BENEFITS CUTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Black   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:16

New national television ad, grassroots activities, and Capitol Hill blitz tell lawmakers, “Seniors are not pushovers.”

Washington, DC—Today, AARP launched its latest wave of efforts, centered around a new direct-message television ad, urging Congress and the President to make responsible decisions during the deficit reduction debate by cutting waste and closing loopholes instead of cutting critical Medicare and Social Security benefits that millions of Americans have earned through a lifetime of hard work.

The new, multi-million dollar advertisement is AARP’s third focusing specifically on the deficit debate, and begins airing today nationally and in local markets.  In addition to the TV ads, AARP leaders are hitting Capitol Hill to urge their Members of Congress to oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits as part of a deal to pay the nation’s bills.  AARP is keeping up the pressure on Congress and the President by engaging its millions of members to make their voices heard through direct mail, phone calls, email alerts, publications, and tele-townhall meetings.

“We’re taking the voice of older Americans to the airwaves, to Capitol Hill and across the country,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President. “Don’t cut the Social Security and Medicare benefits seniors have earned.”

AARP will air the television spot beginning July 13.  The television ad script follows here:

“I’m a grandfather.  A retired teacher.  And I count on Social Security.

“Here’s what I’m not…

“A pushover.

“Right now, some in Washington want to make a deal cutting the Social Security and Medicare benefits we worked for.

“With billions in waste and loopholes, how could they look at us?

“Maybe we seem like an easy target…

“Until you realize…

“…there are 50 million of us.

“Tell the politicians to cut waste and loopholes, not our benefits.”

To date, nearly 4.5 million petitions have been signed and will be delivered to Congress, and over 500,000 calls and emails have gone into congressional offices and to the White House over the past several weeks urging elected leaders to protect Medicare and Social Security from harmful cuts as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

LeaMond added: “We know Washington needs to make tough decisions to reduce the deficit, but they should make responsible decisions instead of cutting the Social Security and Medicare benefits that seniors have worked for their entire lives.”

To view the new television ad and learn about AARP’s campaign, visit www.aarp.org/protectseniors

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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