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Health care overhaul becomes reality in Illinois

Thursday, 02 January 2014 13:44 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - The new year is bringing relief to some Illinoisans newly insured under the nation's health care law. Others still aren't sure whether they're covered.
 
The major benefits of the law took effect Wednesday. But problems with the federal website meant many people signed up at the last minute. Insurers haven't processed all the paperwork.
 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has been adding staff to keep up with calls. Worried patients without insurance cards are calling doctors like John Venetos in Chicago, who's decided to provide care and risk he won't be paid.
 
Stroke survivor Nancy Pace of Benton says she's relieved to have good insurance for the first time since 2005. She called Blue Cross on Wednesday, paid her premium and got her member number over the phone.

Missing person advisory issued by St. Louis County police

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:48 Published in Local News

The St. Louis County Police have issued a missing person advisory.

 

19-year-old Jessica Palmer went missing sometime between 1 AM and 9 AM Tuesday. Her family says Jessica suffers from several mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and Post traumatic stress disorder, and is classified as mentally challenged. Police say she has displayed suicidal tendencies previously.

 

She is a white woman about 5' 4" tall and weighs 200 pounds.

 

Anyone who has seen her is asked to call 911.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The amount Illinois must pay to keep pace with its pension systems should grow less than 2 percent next year but still total nearly $7 billion.
 
A state actuary's report that Auditor General William Holland released Tuesday says taxpayers must pay $6.86 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1. That's up about $100 million from this fiscal year.
 
Lawmakers adopted a reform plan in early December for the five pension systems to cut a $100 billion debt. But it doesn't take effect until June 1 and has been challenged in court.
 
The actuary suggested that three systems covering teachers, university employees and general state employees lower the estimated investment return they expect. It made the same suggestion last year but the numbers didn't change.

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