As we move forward into the winter season, many residents across the state are wondering whether or not they will continue to retain the health insurance coverage they purchased. It’s a valid question, given how many constituents we have already heard from who have lost their coverage. And while early indications are that the health care exchanges are falling far short of their enrollment goals, the fact of the matter is that we don’t have a clear picture of the impact the Affordable Care Act is having in Illinois.
At the November meeting of the LaSalle County Board, the 2014 budget and levy were passed. At a little more than $23 million, the tax levy is the same as last year’s, but to reach it, the tax rates for county residents may increase.
No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity, and respect to all those coping with a serious life-limiting illness. It’s KishHealth System Hospice.
Ok, I’ll admit I don’t know a lot about sports. I know enough to keep up my end of the conversation when talking basketball or baseball, though I don’t follow either; I do love hockey but, try as I might, cannot get into football.
What do the holidays mean to you?
The Valley West Hospital Auxiliary would like to acknowledge the businesses who contributed to our third annual Harvest Moon Dinner Dance on Nov. 2. We are very grateful for the continued support of local businesses and organizations. Due to the generosity of our table sponsors and those who donated items for our silent auction, the Auxiliary raised more than $11,000. This money is designated for the Auxiliary’s commitment toward the new patient wing and our Healthcare Scholarship Program.
Designing. Brainstorming. Building. Innovating. Computing. Traveling. Working with a global team. Making a difference.
There’s a running argument in my family over what constitutes “violence” in entertainment.
Illinois residents responded to Daylight Savings Time and turned their clocks back an hour. Your legislators returned to Springfield for the final session of 2013. The state would be so much better off if each senator and state representative would return to a time when we paid our bills, found issues both parties agreed on and were honest about how politics really work in Illinois. It can happen if each of those elected to represent you truly want it to happen. They will if you demand it.
Recently we celebrated our first ever Harvest Festival that brought together an incredible array of food, drink and fun that raised funds to help support the programs and services we provide for seniors.
Monday Nov. 11 was Veterans Day, and I hope you had the opportunity to speak with a veteran. This day was designated to remember the end of a world conflict, but has evolved into an opportunity to thank people who serve in the armed forces and defend our freedoms.
As I come into my new role as the editor of your Valley Life, it feels both new and like a strange sort of homecoming.
The DeKalb County Health Department is one of 82 in Illinois selected to participate in the outreach and enrollment effort for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The grant for local health departments was awarded to the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators by the Illinois Department of Public Health in coordination with the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.
To Becky and the Country Market staff – I want to commend you for your work at Country Market over the years and wish you the best in retirement.
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