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Hospice invites families to winter memorial service

ROCKFORD — Northern Illinois Hospice (NIH) is inviting family and friends to a winter memorial service to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. NIH says the season can be particularly hard on families who have experienced a…

Illinois officials overhaul health care enrollment

CARBONDALE — Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents through the health care marketplace in half the amount of time as last year. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and will be six weeks long, unlike…

Illinois dentists offer free care to military veterans

CHICAGO — Illinois dentists are offering veterans free dental care during the Veterans Day holiday. The Illinois State Dental Society is sponsoring "Illinois Dentists Salute!" with support from the Chicago Dental Society and Illinois…

Mercyhealth taking Blue Cross Blue Shield again

ROCKFORD — Mercyhealth announced Tuesday that it will again accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois insurance across its facilities. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, patients with BCBS coverage will have complete in-network access to…

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

By Andrew Kolodny  The Conversation Drug overdose deaths, once rare, are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing peak annual deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, guns and HIV infection. As a former…

Suburban hospital breach exposes 9,000 patients’ data

NEW LENOX — An Illinois hospital says a data breach exposed patient information of as many as 9,000 people. Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox also says there's no evidence that shows any unauthorized people gained access to the data.…

Tribune report prompts new pharmacy rules for state

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved regulations that require pharmacists to counsel customers who seek to fill prescriptions for new medications or need changes to longtime prescriptions. The higher counseling standard…