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Author: Ryan Voyles

Sterigenics to reopen Willowbrook facility

Sterigenics has reached an agreement with the state of Illinois to reopen its Willowbrook facility. The facility has been shut down since spring after reports of increased levels of ethylene oxide emissions in the surrounding area. As part of the agreement, Sterigenics said it will install additional emission capture and control equipment to meet the […]

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Planned Parenthood of Illinois to no longer accept Title X dollars as Trump administration begins enforcing rule change

Planned Parenthood of Illinois will no longer accept funding from a federal family planning grant program after the Trump administration announced Monday that grant recipients will be barred from referring for abortions in most cases.

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UChicago Medicine report identifies healthcare needs of Chicago’s south side

Treatment of chronic diseases, the need for violence prevention and trauma resiliency, and health inequities were among the needs identified by residents of Chicago’s south side - representing nearly a quarter of the city's population - in a new report from the University of Chicago Medicine.

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Durbin joins colleagues in request that HHS conduct more medical research on “fentanyl-related” scheduling

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a medical review of a Department of Justice request to classify all “fentanyl-related” products as a schedule I drug, or one with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

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DPH adds maternal and child health data to its community map

The Department of Public Health is adding information on maternal and child health to its Health Community Map. The new data includes low birth weight, breastfeeding, prenatal care in the first trimester, smoking during pregnancy and teen birth rates.

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Pritzker signs a number of healthcare-related bills

The creation of a standardized preferred drug list format for Medicaid, a community-based mental health pilot and changes to the definition of a public health dental hygienist were among the pieces of legislation signed into law last week by Gov. JB Pritzker.

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Illinois to seek federal approval for MCO assessment “as promptly as possible”

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services said they are working to submit to the federal government “as promptly as possible” an assessment on Medicaid managed care organizations, a key revenue generator in the new state budget.

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