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Archive for May 20th, 2010

Illinois Chamber of Commerce endorses Kirk for Senate

Posted by Admin On May - 20 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

 

 State’s oldest and largest business advocacy group represents Illinois employers of all sizes from all sectors of the economy;

 

 Kirk: “I am honored to earn the support of employers across Illinois who share my vision of lower taxes, fiscal discipline and economic growth.”

 

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Congressman and Navy veteran Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate citing his commitment to pro-growth, pro-jobs policies that will turn the Illinois economy around and put people back to work.

Speaking in front of rolling printing presses at a small business on Chicago’s North Side, Congressman Kirk pledged to add private sector jobs with pro-growth, pro-employment policies that allow employees to succeed.

“You cannot talk about creating jobs without talking to Illinois job creators,” Congressman Kirk said.  “I am honored to earn the support of employers across Illinois who share my vision of lower taxes, fiscal discipline and economic growth.  We know that government does not create jobs – employers do.  We need policies that help small businesses add employees rather than policies that add government spending and higher taxes.”

The Illinois Chamber is the state’s oldest and largest broad-based business advocacy group representing small and large employers across all sectors of the state’s economy. 

“Congressman Kirk is as prepared for this position as anyone could be,” Illinois Chamber President Doug Whitley said. “Illinois Chamber members from Rockford to Carbondale, from Moline to Danville – and everywhere in between – want to support a pro-business candidate for Senate. With Congressman Kirk, we have someone who believes in a strong national defense and has a national view and a world view that is informed by years of military and public service.”

In Congress, Mark Kirk led the effort to stop the Bridge to Nowhere, worked to end wasteful earmark spending and voted to cut taxes more than 40 times.  He opposes a state income tax increase, opposes the death tax and opposes a Value Added Tax (VAT).  Congressman Kirk recently proposed a Small Business Bill of Rights to protect small business owners from higher taxes, rising costs and increasing government red tape.  A strong supporter of Illinois agriculture, exports and infrastructure, Congressman Kirk brings a proven record of working across party lines to stand up for Illinois jobs.

A recent study by Chief Executive Magazine found Illinois to be the 6th worst place to do business in America – falling from 17th best just five years ago.  Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias supported 12 new federal taxes in the health care bill and a hefty increase in the state income tax that would further reduce Illinois’ competitiveness, driving more jobs out of state.  Giannoulias also supports the death tax, refuses to take a position on a potential VAT tax and opposes a worker’s right to a secret ballot in union elections.

“This was a clear choice for the Chamber board, which is impressed by the Congressman’s depth of experience, his pro-business proposals, military experience and extensive knowledge about international issues,” Illinois Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Calvin Butler said.  “Congressman Kirk will use his knowledge and experience to work for policies that drive job growth and prosperity.”

Following the announcement, Congressman Kirk toured Cardinal Colorprint Printing, a 50-year-old small business on the city’s northwest side, and greet employees.  Cardinal, certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, has been lauded for its environmentally responsible “Go Green Initiative.”

(From Kirk for Senate Campaign)

The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program launches 50 city tour starting in California

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Tour Begins Effort to Screen and Educate over 20,000 African American Men for Diabetes, Hypertension and Prostate Cancer in 2010 

 

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Visiting a barbershop in California this Saturday could mean more than getting a haircut. It might be a lifesaver. The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, a unique, grassroots approach to health screening and education, will be held at more than 80 barbershops in 23 cities statewide on Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This Saturday’s launch marks the first cities where the outreach program will be rolled out this year. In coming months, the program will be held in 27 other cities, or 50 overall. In hundreds of nearby barbershops, African American men nationwide will receive free screening for diabetes and hypertension, and learn why early detection of prostate cancer can be a life-saving decision.

Led by Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M., founder of The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation, along with a squadron of volunteers, the outreach program seeks to empower African American men to better understand cardiovascular diseases through education, testing and prevention. The program was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, UCLA and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

“The need to address health care disparities in African American men is paramount in light of the fact that they have the lowest life expectancy of any group in the U.S.,” said Dr. Releford a podiatric surgeon. “For decades, the black barbershop has served as a centralized gathering place where African American men feel comfortable discussing the most important issues that impact their lives: politics, social trends, family and finances. Now, we are introducing an important discussion of health and the critical need for health awareness.”

The statewide effort involves more than 80 barbershops, and aims to screen more than 2,500 men in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Pomona, Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley, Paris, Redlands, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Compton, Watts, Gardena, Carson, Vallejo, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Oakland, San Diego and other cities.

Those tested also will receive the Real Black Book, a resource guide that helps them find additional medical care providers. This year’s sponsors of the book include: Novo Nordis, PhRMA, Davita Inc., Entra Health Systems, Pfizer Inc., and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Recent figures show that black men suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases. For example, African American men are 30% more likely to die from heart disease than white men, according to the Office of Minority Health, an arm of Health and Human Services, a federal agency. Also, black men experience prostrate cancer at a level that’s more than twice the mortality rate for any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Through black-owned barbershops, which represent a cultural institution of familiarity and trust, the outreach program has adopted a novel means to spread health information. Data collected from the California barbershops will be analyzed and processed at Charles Drew University. Cardiovascular disease risk factors for African American men will be compared in various cities around the country.

“This is an amazing program on many levels,” said Dr. Keith Norris, interim president, Charles Drew University. “Not only is the idea of screening African American men in barbershops critical for reaching many who may otherwise not be captured in the health care system, it creates a model for education and empowerment, which is needed to reduce health disparities.”

Nearly 15,000 African American men have been tested through the outreach program in 23 cities, including New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, and New York City (Harlem) since 2007 when the program was launched. The ultimate goal by 2012 is to screen more than a half-million African American men.

The outreach program also enjoys support from health and community partners, such as: L.A. Care Health Plan, St. Mary’s Hospital of Long Beach, Heritage Community Initiatives, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mu Chi Chapter Inc. of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., Solano Coalition for Better Health, 100 Black Men of Long Beach, CA and the National Black Nurses Association.

Since 2007, nearly 400 black-owned barbershops have participated in the program. To learn more about the health outreach effort, and to view a complete list of those barbershops involved, please go to www.BlackBarbershop.org.
Brief Profiles of the Program’s Largest Sponsors:

The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation
The DAP Foundation’s mission is to help decrease the diabetes-related amputation rate among high-risk populations around the world and to address the escalating number of individuals with undetected cardiovascular disease. The DAP Foundation’s outreach program seeks to partner with community groups and organizations to improve health conditions that adversely affect African American males through education, prevention and early detection screenings. The foundation’s efforts already have been duplicated in Oakland, Chicago, New York City (Harlem), St. Louis, Kansas City, Atlanta, New Orleans and other metropolitan areas. For more information on participating in the program, or learning about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.BlackBarbershop.org.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S. CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. The university is among the top 7 percent of National Institutes of Health-funded institutions and rated one of the top 50 private universities in research in the U.S. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California system for producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/

UCLA
UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. The university is a shared public asset that benefits society by educating students, creating knowledge through research discoveries, powering the economy and improving quality of life. It is the most popular campus in the nation for freshman applicants. UCLA ranks among the nation’s leaders in competitively awarded grants and contracts to universities, receiving more than $996 million during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. UCLA has had five faculty members receive Nobel laureates.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research focused on discovering better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised more than $370 million and provided funding to more than 1,500 research projects at nearly 200 institutions worldwide. The PCF also advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more governmental research funds. PCF advocacy has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer since 1994. More information about the PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For over 60 years, the CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. The agency is committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.

Report: 2.5 million in Illinois will benefit from health reform law prohibiting insurance coverage denials based on pre-existing health conditions

Posted by Admin On May - 20 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS
 
 
New Study Shows Nearly 1 in 4 Non-Elderly Illinoisans Have Diagnosed
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
 
 
Chicago – A report released today (May 19) for the Campaign for Better Health Care by Families USA shows that currently 23 percent – approximately 2.5 million – Illinoisans under the age of 65 have a diagnosed pre-existing condition that could lead to a denial of coverage in the individual insurance market.
 
Upon implementation, the newly enacted health reform law will give these Illinoisans significant protections.  The new law prohibits insurance companies from using several of their most discriminatory practices:  denying people with pre-existing conditions health coverage, charging inflated premiums based on health status, and excluding benefits that would treat their health conditions.
 
Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care said, “At the core, the new federal health reform law is about providing fairness, and how the states implement federal reforms is what will ensure it.  There is legislation pending in Springfield to allow Illinois to form an expanded high-risk pool with approximately $200 million in federal funds that will be made available this summer. The high-risk pool will provide affordable coverage for uninsured persons with pre-existing conditions and means fewer Illinoisans will be denied coverage because they had the misfortune to get sick in the past.” 
 
He continued, “It will make health care coverage more secure by ensuring that working families cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, or lose their coverage or be forced into bankruptcy when someone gets sick.  Both the existing risk pool and the new one should operate at the same level.  We urge Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton to take action this month to make Illinois‘ existing risk pool compatible with the new federal one.”
 
“As an organization that advocates for the health of women and children, we enthusiastically welcome these changes that will eradicate the many discriminatory practices of the private health insurance system. While this report only focuses on diagnosed conditions, federal reform will also ensure that pregnancy, a previous cesarean section or injuries related to domestic violence will no longer be considered pre-existing conditions in America,” said Kathy Chan, associate director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition.
 
The report breaks down information on those diagnosed with pre-existing conditions and shows that individuals in every age, income, and racial/ethnic bracket have pre-existing conditions that, without reform, could lead to a denial of coverage.
  • Age:  The potential to be denied coverage because of a diagnosed pre-existing condition affects Illinoisans of all age groups.  16.7 percent of young adults aged 18-24, almost 36 percent of adults aged 45 to 54, and almost half – 46.7 percent – of adults aged 55 to 64, as well as 226.900 children under 18 years old have a diagnosed pre-existing condition that could lead to a denial of coverage.
  • Income:  The report shows that higher income is not necessarily a barrier to denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. 22.1 percent of individuals in Illinois families with incomes between 100 and 199 percent of poverty—between $22,050 and $44,100—are affected, and nearly three-quarters (72.9 percent) of those with pre-existing conditions that could lead to a denial of coverage are middle class and higher-income Americans. These are individuals in families with incomes above 200 percent of poverty, or more than $44,100 for a family of four in 2010.
  • Race: Individuals in every racial and ethnic group in Illinois have diagnosed pre-existing conditions that, absent reform, could lead to a denial of coverage, including one-quarter (24.9%)  of whites, one-quarter (24.6) African-Americans, and almost a third (30.7%) of the American Indian and Alaska Native population in Illinois.  The Hispanic population shows a lower percentage (17.3%) of those with diagnosed pre-existing conditions, but this is likely because many individuals have pre-existing conditions that have not been diagnosed.
“As our study shows, nearly one-quarter of the non-elderly population of Illinois will now gain protections that they need to secure affordable health coverage,” said Ron Pollack, Families USA’s Executive Director. “Thankfully, the new health reform legislation will protect all these individuals from the most harmful insurance company abuses that deny such critical coverage.” 
 
The report for Illinois with an analysis of the groups with pre-existing conditions in that state can be found at http://www.familiesusa.org/assets/pdfs/health-reform/pre-existing-conditions/illinois.pdf
 
 About the Campaign for Better Health Care
We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people.  The Campaign for Better Health Care is the state’s largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all.  For more information, visit www.cbhconline.org

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