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Move to Managed Care Extended

October 16th, 2019

New Feb. 1 deadline gives affected DSCC participants more time to research and select a Medicaid managed care plan. HealthChoice Illinois is the new Medicaid managed care program that is now required statewide. The Illinois…

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Portion of DSCC Families to Move to Managed Care

September 16th, 2019

NOTE: The timeline for the Medicaid managed care transition has been extended. Read more at https://dscc.uic.edu/move-to-managed-care-extended/. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has expanded its Medicaid managed care program. Managed care is…

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Low-Cost Internet Program Expands Eligibility

September 6th, 2019

More low-income households, including those with people with disabilities, are now eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. Comcast is expanding eligibility for its Internet Essentials program, giving more low-income households the opportunity to receive low-cost…

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DSCC Participant Beats the Odds to Graduate

August 2nd, 2019

Makenzie Hardesty continues to thrive while living with a rare terminal disease. Like many mothers on graduation day, Andrea Lancaster cried tears of joy as she watched her daughter Makenzie Hardesty receive her high school…

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Artwork Needed for DSCC Greeting Card Contest

July 3rd, 2019

Original drawings will be featured in DSCC’s new collection of greeting cards. Calling Illinois artists of all ages! The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) is seeking artwork for…

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Free, Healthy Summer Meals for Kids

June 17th, 2019

The Summer Food Service Program is open to Illinois children ages 18 and under to fill the nutritional gap during summer. School may be out for summer, but hunger knows no break. Many Illinois families depend on their children’s…

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DSCC “Angel” Helps Teen’s Wish Come True

June 7th, 2019

Division of Specialized Care for Children participant Trenten Jankuski has a special vacation and accessible home, thanks to Care Coordinator Angel Lawrence’s efforts. Angel Lawrence is a Care Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s…

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