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All Kids Vaccination Program Changes

September 19th, 2016

Your child will still receive the same vaccinations, but your provider will bill your All Kids insurance differently. The Illinois Department of Pubic Health announced changes coming to the way providers bill insurance for vaccinations. Although…

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Connecting with the Community at the State Fair

August 16th, 2016

“Everyone has a story and we need to listen…” This weekend I was one of many Specialized Care for Children staff who worked our tent at the State Fair.  Besides seeing tons of adorable kids, I met a lot of…

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AMC Sensory Friendly Films

July 12th, 2016

Special movie showings for guests and families living with autism or other speical needs. AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to launch the Sensory Friendly Film Program, a national organization which aims to improve the…

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Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

July 5th, 2016

Several federal and state sites have accessible areas and programs. For over 2000 federal recreation sites, a lifetime pass is available for people with disabilities. The pass offers free entry to sites that normally charge…

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Double Value SNAP Tokens at Farmer’s Market

June 23rd, 2016

Old Capitol Farmer’s Market can double the value of your SNAP benefit! When you shop Springfield’s Old Capitol Farmer’s Market, turn your SNAP benefit into double value tokens. As an example, the market can scan your…

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HEAL Helps with Unexpected Medical Expenses

June 23rd, 2016

ComEd launched a utility assistance program for those facing unexpected medical expenses The HEAL program helps ComEd customers pay their electric bill when they experience unexpected medical expenses. HEAL comes from the Hospital-Based Energy Assistance and…

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All Kids / Medicaid Eligibility Reviews

June 22nd, 2016

Don’t miss your All Kids / Medicaid review letter! Each year, All Kids (Medicaid) eligibility is reviewed by Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to make sure you still qualify for your public health benefits. If any documentation is needed to review…

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

June 15th, 2016

Zika is spread by mosquitos and can lead to birth defects. Zika virus spreads to people when bitten by an infected mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Symptoms may be…

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Healing Garden Opens at Almost Home Kids

June 8th, 2016

“It’s a wonderful place of serenity and refuge.” Outside the Naperville location of Almost Home Kids, a garden has been created for children, siblings, parents, guests, and volunteers. Visitors enjoy the soothing water fountain, figures of kites, flowers, and deer…

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