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Healthcare Benefits for Immigrant Seniors

June 29, 2022

Wednesday, June 29, 2022: In Spring 2020, Get Care Illinois and Healthy Illinois started a program called Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors (HBIS). HBIS assists immigrant seniors, ages 65+, living in Illinois to receive Medicaid-like healthcare. HBIS provides affordable, comprehensive health coverage to low-income seniors age 65 years old and older, including seniors who are undocumented. Call 309-680-7632 to talk to our Outreach and Enrollment team.

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Health Benefits for 42-64 Years Old Immigrants

June 29, 2022

Wednesday, June 29, 2022: According to Healthy Illinois, a program started in March 2022, to assist immigrant adults, ages 55-64, living in Illinois to be eligible to receive Medicaid-like healthcare. The program is called, Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults (HBIA). The program will provide affordable, comprehensive health coverage to low-income adults who are undocumented. Starting Friday, July 1, 2022, the HBIA program will expand to include immigrant adults, ages 42-54. Call 309-680-7632 to talk to our Outreach and Enrollment team.

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Symptoms & Causes

March 15, 2022  |

Kidney disease facts
• 37 million American adults have CKD, and millions of others are at increased risk
• Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure
• Heart disease is the primary cause of death for all people with CKD
Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal disease or CKD, is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time.

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#BreaktheBias: What to Know About International Women's Day

March 8, 2022  |  Orlando Mayorquin

Selfies of people crossing their arms to strike an "x" pose on social media show solidarity with the theme of International Women’s Day 2022.

This year’s campaign theme— #BreaktheBias —spotlights the individual and collective biases against women that fuel gender inequality.

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Greek Chickpea Salad

March 1, 2022  |  JENN LAUGHLIN

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze!

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Fraud Alert: COVID-19 Scams

February 21, 2022  |

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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How to get your At-Home Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test for free

February 15, 2022

Go online or to a pharmacy or store to purchase an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Many N95, KN95 masks are fake—8 tips for spotting the difference

February 8, 2022  |  Gabrielle Masson

Demand for N95s, KN95s and KF94s has skyrocketed, and, unfortunately, so have counterfeit masks.

In 2020, ECRI reported 60 to 70 percent of KN95s it tested didn't properly filter 95 percent of particles as they claimed, according to The New York Times. In the same year, U.S. agencies seized 21.2 million fake N95s, a problem that carried over into 2021 and now 2022.

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What to Know About BA.2, a New Omicron Variant

February 1, 2022  |

Even as SARS-CoV-2 gets better at spreading and evading some of the immune protection that people have built through infections or vaccination, new variants inevitably arise. The latest is BA.2, a new version of Omicron.

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CTE Awareness Day-January 30

January 25, 2022

Saturday, January 30, 2022
This is a day to reflect on those lost to CTE, how to help those suffering with the disease, and most importantly how to stop the disease. What is CTE? CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a brain disease that is degenerative and progressive.

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