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Families USA Health Action Conference 2019 – Recap #3

from Ashley Buckley, CCHCC Organization and Data Coordinator

My first time joining CCHCC to Families USA was amazing! I am so happy to be a part of an organization that advocates within local community health care and also at a national level.

While there I was able to engage in several seminars and listen to powerful presenters. Their messages were inspiring and empowering. During A View from the Hill, I heard from Senator’s offices on measures they are taking to create bipartisan comprehensive prescription legislation that would lower drug prices nationwide.

I also attended a few seminars that elaborated how nonprofits should operate with data. It is good to know that we here at CCHCC have taken the initiative to include technology/data to show our impact within the community.

There was one message that came through clear. Women are leading the way; we are honing our skills and making effective decisions towards change. I was so blessed to spend my first time at Families USA with a group of women that embody passion and determination to lead the conversation for health care.

CCHCC 42nd Annual Awards Dinner! Friday, May 3, 2019 – RSVP Today

Dear Friend,

The Board and Staff of Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) cordially invite you to join us for our 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, May 3, 2019.

CCHCC is looking forward to honoring this year’s award recipients (stay tuned – we will be announcing award recipients soon!) and celebrating 42 years of grassroots organizing to improve health care in Champaign County. Please join us for this special celebration!

2019 Awards Recipients
The CCHCC Board and Staff are pleased to announce the Award Recipients for this year’s Annual Awards Dinner. We hope you can join us at the Dinner and help celebrate these incredible individuals:
• Liliana Streber Ramirez – Aimee Olson Advocate Award
• Libeth Rosas – Harry J. Baker Community Service Award
• Kyle Patterson and Stephanie Fortado – Leadership in Government Award
• Mauricio Salinas – Lilia E. Peters Service to New Immigrants and the International Community Award
• 5th & Hill Resident Leaders: Edwin “Ebbie” Cook (In Memoriam), Magnolia “Maggie” Cook, M D Pelmore, Jerry Lewis, and Eileen Oldham – Lifetime Achievement Award

Please help us recognize these extraordinary individuals and the important work they’ve done to improve the health and lives of our community members!

And… for the Golden Bedpan Award (that’s the award you don’t want to get!), there were so many “bad actors” to choose from! But when so many Americans are dying because they can’t afford their prescriptions (like insulin!), even in this time of greater insurance coverage and a “good” economy, because pharmaceutical companies are raising their prices so far out of reach, we are compelled to recognize Big Pharma with the Golden Bedpan Award.

Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Holiday Inn (formerly Hawthorn Suites)
Free Parking | Wheelchair Accessible

The Social Hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner being served at 6:45 p.m. Music provided by local jazz musicians. This year, the main course is a delicious Honey Mustard Chicken, served with roasted potato wedges and asparagus. The vegetarian option will be Stuffed Portobello, filled with Italian braised Vegetables on a bed of blended wild rice. There will be iced tea, coffee, dessert, and a cash bar.

The awards presentation will follow, along with a slideshow of highlights from the past year.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 19. Tickets are $40 each or $340 for a table of 10. If you would like to come to the Dinner but cannot afford the full price of a ticket, please contact CCHCC staff at (217) 352-6533 or by email.

Can’t attend the Dinner? You can still support our work! Make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to help underwrite the cost of tickets for low-income consumers.

We look forward to seeing you at the Dinner. Thank you for your dedication to health care access and justice in our community!

Claudia Lennhoff, Executive Director Champaign County Health Care Consumers

Parking/Traffic Note: There is free parking in the lot behind the Holiday Inn (formerly Hawthorn Suites). The lot is on the west side of State St., between Fox Dr. and Kirby Ave.

Take action TODAY for legislation to lower prescription drug prices!

llinois patients and seniors need your help to lower prescription drugs. Drug companies are making huge profits by hiking up the prices on prescription drug

A recent poll showed that in Illinois, 27% of families said they had skipped filling a prescription in the last year because of the high costs of prescriptions.

In Illinois, we have an unprecedented opportunity to pass legislation that would create greater oversight and transparency on drugs, and that would help reduce the cost of drugs.
That is why CCHCC is joining the fight for affordable prescription drugs.

Take action and read more.

Families USA Health Action Conference 2019 – Recap #1

From Chris Garcia, CCHCC Community Health Worker

One of the most impactful workshops I attended during Families USA was about Medicaid waivers and work requirements. We already know that waivers allow Medicaid to expand services that would not be normally covered. We see this primarily in Substance Use cases where the patient can receive care for detox and continue to receive care for counseling and other services that they might require. During the workshop we heard from representatives from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Washington DC. The one that stuck out the most was the representative from Arkansas. One of the models that they looked at was from Indiana and it was pitched as “The roadmap on how NOT to do it”. Indiana being a neighbor to Illinois really stuck out once I heard about all of the roadblocks that they face by implementing work requirements.

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