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CCHCC E-Mail Newsletter – October 2010

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CCHCC E-Mail Newsletter – October 2010
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1. Campaign & Program Updates
2. Health Action Network
3. Ask an Advocate
4. Upcoming Meetings & Events
5. Support CCHCC

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Dear Friends,

Welcome! Thank you for reading the Champaign County Health Care Consumers
(CCHCC) October E-mail Newsletter.

Our Campaigns and Programs are heating up, and we have a lot of great events coming up. Please read below for more information.

1. CAMPAIGN & PROGRAM UPDATES

— Health Care Access Task Force:
TODAY: Health Reform Workshop! (see below for more information)

The Health Care Access Task Force will be holding 3 workshops on health reform implementation this fall. The workshops will be on the first Wednesday of the months of October, November and December, and the first one is today:
– Workshop 1: Health Insurance Regulations and Changes, on Wed., October
6 at 6 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library;
– Workshop 2: Medicare and Part D Open Enrollment, on Wed., November 3 at 10 a.m. at the Champaign Public Library;
– Workshop 3: Local Programs and Resources for Affordable Health Care, on Wed., December 1 at 6 p.m., Champaign Public Library

These workshops will help community members get more detailed information on different aspects of health reform, including insurance regulations,Medicare, and local resources & programs.

Visit our website for more information and to RSVP!
http://www.HealthCareconsumers.org/index.php?action=Display-Page&id=786

— 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign:
The 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign held a special community meeting on Monday, October 4, 2010 featuring two environmental consultants who have been working on behalf of the 5th & Hill Neighborhood residents. The meeting was an opportunity for residents and concerned community members to hear from these national experts about the 5th & Hill toxic site and what it means for groundwater in the area, and for the health and safety of residents.

Materials from the meeting will be up online over the next few days.
Visit our website to download materials:
http://www.HealthCareconsumers.org/index.php?action=Display-Page&id=792

— Medicare Task Force:
Over the last month, several leaders of the Medicare Task Force met with Rep. Schakowsky in Chicago and Sen. Durbin in Champaign to discuss Part D reform, health reform, and Social Security. At the meetings, the Task Force thanked Rep. Schakowsky and Senator Durbin for their commitment to fixing Part D and encouraged them to keep up the good work. The Task Force encouraged them to re-introduce the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act in 2011 and promised support in any way necessary. See the website for more information from the meeting and photos!
http://www.HealthCareconsumers.org/index.php?action=Display-Page&id=790

2. HEALTH ACTION NETWORK – TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Join CCHCC at the 4th Annual “Reaching Out For Answers: Disability Resource Expo” on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
at the Lincoln Square Village – 300 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana.

The Disability Resource Expo is a valuable community resource for families and individuals with disabilities that helps provide resources and services throughout the County. The Expo is a family-friendly event. Stop by CCHCC’s table or visit one of the over 60 area agencies and organizations. Contact
367-5703 for more information. See you there!

3. ASK AN ADVOCATE

Question: Where can I get more information about health reform and how it affect me?

Answer: There are many good resources for information about health reform.

~ Visit CCHCC website for many good resources on health reform:
http://www.HealthCareconsumers.org/index.php?action=Display-Page&id=758
~ Attend one of CCHCC’s upcoming Health Reform Workshops specific to various health reform topics:
http://www.HealthCareconsumers.org/index.php?action=Display-Page&id=786
~ Call CCHCC’s Consumer Health Hotline (217-352-6533) with your specific question, and one of our volunteer advocates will research your question and try to find the answer.

Call the Consumer Health Hotline with any other questions at (217) 352-6533.

Other great web-based resources include:
http://www.familiesusa.org/
http://healthreform.kff.org/
http://www.Health Care.gov/
http://www.insurance.illinois.gov/hiric/

4. UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

— Attend the next Health Care Access Task Force meeting on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church (Green and Goodwin in Urbana). The Health Care Access Task Force meets each month to work on health care access in our community. We’d love to see you there!
Call us at(217) 352-6533 with questions or to RSVP.

— Interested in working for a better prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries? Then join the Medicare Task Force on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church (210 W. Church in Champaign). Call Anne at (217) 352-6533 for more information.

5. SUPPORT CCHCC!

Volunteer for the 2010 CCHCC Phone-A-Thon!

It is once again time for the Annual CCHCC Phone-A-thon, and we need your help! The Phone-A-Thon (PAT) is one of CCHCC’s most important events of the year. The PAT allows us to connect with our members, get them involved, and raise funds needed to continue working for health care justice. This year we are asking our members to take action on health reform implementation.
Specifically, we are asking members to add their names to a sign-on letter from CCHCC calling on state legislators and officials to create legislation in IL to allow the state to regulate health insurance premium rate increases.

What: CCHCC Phone-A-Thon
When: Monday, October 18, Tuesday, October 19, Thursday, October 21, Monday,October 25, Tuesday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 27
Time: 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. each evening
Where: CCHCC Office e- 44 East Main Street, suite 208, in downtown Champaign.

We need at least 10 volunteers to staff the phones each night. We provide training and free food!

Call CCHCC at (217) 352-6533 or email cchcc@HealthCareconsumers.org and let us know you’d like to participate! Thank you for your support!

** Support CCHCC on Facebook! **

— Join our group today!
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2202365547
— And become a Fan!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Champaign-County-Health-Care-Consumers/6574363
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