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Choosing Wisely: American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

Choosing Wisely is a composite of U.S. specialty societies which represent more than 500,000 physicians.

They worked to develop lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures. Here are practical treatment guidelines, and suggested patient/advocate questions to ask in easy to understand language.

 

By Patricia Smolin on August 28, 2013 Categories: Consumer, Health

Affordable Care Act to Create Temporary Jobs in Illinois

Approximately 800 temporary workers will be needed to help consumers apply for coverage, and will answer questions and explain differences between the insurance policies offered on the new online marketplace. They will help consumers figure out if they’re eligible for Medicaid or for new tax credits that will help many people pay for coverage.

Job applications are being collected online and anyone hired will get three days of training about health insurance, enrollment rules and other complicated aspects of the health law. Illinois must act quickly to be ready for Oct. 1, the first day of enrollment for the law’s new insurance opportunities.

Each in-person counselor must complete state and federal training and a fingerprint-based background check to become certified by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The training involves one day of online work and two days of in-person education.

If interested, please apply at: http://workinillinois-healthmarketplace.jobs/

By Patricia Smolin on August 22, 2013 Categories: Employment, Health Care Reform, Insurance, Jobs

CEDA to Help with ACA Health Insurance Enrollment

CEDA Northwest in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will be enrolling Illinois residents in new coverage options and affordability programs made available through the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning October 1, 2013.

Residents served will be those without health insurance and/or expected to benefit from the ACA’s expansion of the Medicaid program and provision of financial assistance for the purchase of Qualified Health Plans on the newly created Health Insurance Marketplace.

For more information or to setup an appointment, please contact Jessica Salgado at CEDA Northwest Self-Help Center, 1300 W. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847-392-2332).

By Patricia Smolin on August 15, 2013 Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Insurance

Affordable Care Act: How to Get Ready

The Illinois Department of Insurance has provided a wealth of materials to help individuals and businesses prepare for the 10/1/13 opening of insurance options under the ACA.  State-prepared General Fact Sheets can be helpful to ready ourselves for the changes coming this fall.

Healthcare.gov, sponsored by the federal government, also has suggested tips to gather information ahead of time.

MPPL and other area public libraries will be offering programs to better inform communities about how the ACA will affect their choices and how to navigate the tools so individuals can make their own insurance selections.

 

By Patricia Smolin on July 31, 2013 Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Insurance

Affordable Care Act for Small Business Owners

The Small Business Administration is offering webinars on the Affordable Care Act for small business owners.   Here is a description of the content:

This free webinar will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include:

•Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits)— who’s eligible for them and how to claim them

•Marketplace updates

•Shared responsibility

•Cost containment

•Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law

A question and answer period will follow.

The webinar will be repeated at the following times:

•Thursday, August 1 at 1:00 PM CT

•Thursday, August 8 at 1:00 PM CT

•Thursday, August 15 at 1:00 PM CT

Registration instructions and information about the presenters are in the link above.

By julie collins on July 25, 2013 Categories: Business, Health Care Reform

Fireworks!

Interested in which community is hosting fireworks? The Chicago Tribune published a list of many towns getting ready to celebrate the holiday.

By Patricia Smolin on July 2, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized

TV Demographics

Interested in who watches which cable channels? An excellent source for channel profiles and network summaries is CAB, The Cable TV Advertising Bureau.

By Patricia Smolin on June 17, 2013 Categories: Television

Civil War Images from The New York Times

The American Civil War occurred 150 years ago yet images of its battles remain provocative.  They remind us of what war is really like and how its wounds can resonate for decades.  The New York Times has created a video of still photos which are available in historical archives.  The link to this video is http://nyti.ms/10v0FpL.

By Patricia Smolin on May 25, 2013 Categories: Genealogy, History

Need Volunteers for your Business?

HandsOn Suburban Chicago has opportunities for businesses to post openings for volunteer help. This long-standing organization has a portal for employee volunteerism and nonprofit connections.

Need to fulfill hours for court-appointed service? Scan hundreds of openings to meet requirements in time.

In transition while job searching and want to volunteer in your field of interest? It keeps you tied to the market while you’re looking.

Teens looking to build skills and gain experience will also be considered.

By Patricia Smolin on May 23, 2013 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Consumer Action Handbook

The Consumer Action Handbook is published each year by the Federal Citizen Information Center at the General Services Administration. Inside, you’ll find helpful tips about preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint and many other useful topics. MPPL has two copies in English and one in Spanish in our collection. You may also view the entire Handbook online or in PDF format.

Topics include: Banking, Employment, Health Care, Housing, Identify Theft, and other consumer interests.

By Patricia Smolin on April 16, 2013 Categories: Consumer, Economic