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May 2, 2013

Elderly health care needs addressed

MT. VERNON — Residents of Countryside Manor became stars on Wednesday wearing hats and tiaras while showing support for a health care initiative by the Illinois Health Care Council.

“We’re here today to raise our voices together to let the governor, senators and representatives in Springfield know that your are the stars of our life and you can’t be forgotten,” said Pat Comstock, executive director of the IHCC.

Nursing home residents and their family members as well as staff of the nursing home attended the event, which is part of a statewide tour to generate awareness for the campaign to Be a Star for Nursing Home Residents. Attendees signed a banner that will be present at all of the tour stops and delivered to Gov. Pat Quinn. They also signed cards which HCCI will take to legislators in an effort to get the General Assembly to restore funding for essential healthcare services.

Specifically, Comstock said the state’s budget problems affected Medicare.

“The state didn’t have enough money for all the commitments that they had made to all of you. So they made some cuts. This facility this year has less money to take care of you in some areas than they did the year before,” she said.

“The state said they were no longer going to pay for your routine dental care. Medicaid is not going to pay if your dentures get broken or lost. Secondly, the state said they are not going to pay for your glasses annually anymore. And thirdly, the state eliminated the funding for the care of your feet. We’re trying to tell them (legislators) to give that back to you,” she continued. “You deserve preventative dental care, you deserve a new pair of glasses when you need them, and you deserve to have appropriate foot care so you can stay well.”

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