We’re wrapping up our Fiscal Year!

June 28, 2018

Dear friend,

Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) is wrapping up our Fiscal Year 2017-2018, and we are asking you to help us finish on a strong financial footing as we go into our next Fiscal Year, which begins on July 1, 2018.

We serve everyone in our community, from Medicare beneficiaries, to families with children, to individuals incarcerated in our County Jails.

Please consider making an end-of-fiscal-year contribution to support our work.

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Medicare Education, Enrollment, and Advocacy – Support CCHCC

June 14, 2018

CCHCC is launching our Medicare Education, Enrollment, and Advocacy Project, and we hope you will help support this effort.

Support CCHCC.

Medicare is complicated. There are many parts, and there are many options for additional coverage. And there are more expenses that go with Medicare than most people realize.

Many people who are turning 65 and signing up for Medicare Parts A and B are surprised to learn that Part A has a hospital deductible, and Part B has a monthly premium. For too many individuals, facing the monthly Premium of Part B at the very same time that they are going on to the fixed income of their Social Security retirement benefits, the cost of Part B is just too much and some elect to forego Part B coverage. And without Part B coverage, they cannot get Part D prescription drug coverage.

Medicare is complicated, but CCHCC’s knowledgeable and experienced Community Health Workers are here to help our community members navigate the Medicare system!

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Do you have a Health Choice Illinois (Medicaid Managed Care) plan?

June 12, 2018

If you got enrolled into a Health Choice Illinois plan (a Medicaid Managed Care plan) on April 1, 2018, you need to make sure you that you are on the right plan for you!

Too many community members have been “auto assigned” to plans that do not include their health care providers, or do not cover the prescription medications they need, and the time to change plans is running out (June 30, 2018 is the last chance to change!).

Make sure the plan you are on is right for you!
To make sure that your plan is right for you, check with your health care providers to make sure they are “in-network” for that plan (see further below to learn about what plans each major health care provider is accepting).

More information.

A brief message about last night’s County Board Meeting and the vote to sell CCNH to Rothner

May 25, 2018

Last night, the Champaign County Board voted 15 to 6 to sell the Champaign County Nursing Home (CCNH) to the Rothner-owned Extended Care Clinical, LLC and Altitude Health, Inc. companies who put in a joint bid to purchase the CCNH.

There is more work to be done, and the work to protect quality of care and jobs at CCNH will be ongoing. But we will address that later, in the days to come. For now, we just want to express our gratitude to you for your advocacy efforts, and share information about last night’s County Board Meeting.

On behalf of CCHCC, I want to thank all of you for your advocacy work – I thank you for your vigilance, your phone calls and emails to your elected representatives on the County Board, your statements at County Board meetings, and your dedication to protect the CCNH as a community asset that belongs to all of us.

There were about 130 people in attendance at the meeting, and about 20 people spoke during public participation, for and against the sale of CCNH.

Ultimately, it was a heartbreaking outcome.

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