on statewide Back-to-School All Kids Training Tour
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[SEPT. 15, 2006]
-- This week Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced the launch of the
statewide Back-to-School All Kids
Training Tour, an outreach to make sure that community leaders,
service providers and social service agencies are informed about the
new or recently expanded health care programs offered by the state
as families send their kids back to school. The Back-to-School All
Kids Training Tour, which started Tuesday in Berwyn and Charleston,
is offering nine events statewide over the next two weeks. The tour
will be at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 315 Eighth St. in
Lincoln, from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 21.
Local providers and
agencies are encouraged to attend and can register for the events
www.allkidscovered.com. Individuals can register by
filling out the online form or
"We have worked hard over the last 3 1/2
years to expand health care to working families across the state,
and one of the best ways to get the word out to families is through
our community partners," Blagojevich said. "The All Kids Training
Tour will provide up-to-date information on our new and recently
expanded programs and one-on-one assistance to communities across
the state so that every family can get the care they need --
especially as we send our kids back to school."
In August, Blagojevich and the Illinois Department of Healthcare
and Family Services traveled to schools and community centers around
the state for the Back-to-School All Kids outreach campaign to help
every family in Illinois get health care for their children as the
new school year began. Over 1,600 schools, 600 libraries and 140
hospitals participated in the statewide outreach effort.
"Providing information about state programs at the community
level helps build awareness about the resources available to
families and answer questions about new or recently expanded
programs," said Barry Maram, director of the Illinois Department of
Healthcare and Family Services. "We will reach out to communities
around the state during the back-to-school season to spread the word
about All Kids, FamilyCare, Illinois Cares Rx and many other
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Training tour participants will receive information on new or
recently expanded programs to help every family in Illinois get
access to affordable, quality health care.
The programs presented at the trainings
include the following:
offers low-cost or free comprehensive health care coverage for all
uninsured children, regardless of family income.
provides access to affordable health care coverage for parents of
children ages 18 and younger in Illinois.
Illinois Cares Rx
offers prescription drug assistance to Illinois' low-income seniors
and people with disabilities; and for those with Medicare Part D,
the program offers a means of avoiding high out-of-pocket expenses
and gaps in coverage.
Illinois Rx Buying
Club helps uninsured Illinoisans with incomes below a
certain level save an average of 24 percent on hundreds of the most
popular prescription drugs, and
I-Save Rx allows all
Illinoisans to save up to 80 percent on hundreds of the most popular
drugs imported from Canada and the United Kingdom.
provides access to comprehensive, affordable health care to
Illinois' uninsured veterans whose income is below a certain
Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides
breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment for certain
[News release from the governor's