Cook County’s public health system would take a $1.4 billion hit and more than 300,000 residents who depend on the system would lose their insurance if Obamacare is repealed, according to an analysis announced Wednesday.

The estimates reflect the number of patients who are enrolled in Medicaid expansion plans made possible by the 2010 law and who receive treatment at Cook County’s public health system, officials said.

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, joined by six Democrats from Illinois’ congressional delegation, said she believes the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, is in danger because President Donald Trump’s administration has taken aim at repealing it and his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, has been critical of it.

“A repeal of the ACA would not only financially cripple Cook County Health by dramatically increasing the amount of uncompensated health care we already provide, it would be catastrophic to the patients we serve,” Preckwinkle said at a news conference.

Health system officials say they already provide half of the charitable health care in Cook County.

Debra Carey, interim chief executive of Cook County Health, said the $1.4 billion estimated loss represents revenue the health system brings in through Affordable Care Act plans and a projection that half of more than 300,000 patients depending on the health system would become uninsured and would require charity care.

Cook County Health, which includes John H. Stroger Hospital on the West Side and Provident Hospital on the South Side, treats patients enrolled in multiple Affordable Care Act health plans, Carey said.

“This is a real threat to our organization, the progress we have made under the Affordable Care Act and the people who have been served by it,” Carey said.

Carey may not be at the top job of the county health system much longer

SAGINAW, MI – The Saginaw County Health Department is reopening its Immunization Clinic and Personal Health Center for appointments, bringing back services that were closed because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns.



a sign on the side of a building: A view of the Saginaw County Health Department during the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.


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A view of the Saginaw County Health Department during the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

The services will open twice weekly on a varying schedule throughout the month of October, according to a news release from the department.

To make an appointment for immunizations, call the clinic at 989-758-3840 to schedule. Make an appointment at the Personal Health Center for prescription refills, family planning needs or STI-related services by calling 989-758-3870. For those only interested in pregnancy testing, call 989-758-3850.

See the release below for a full schedule of which days the two offices will be open.

Read more:

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Saginaw County furloughs nearly 200 employees, considers layoffs for others

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The Houston Police Department and Crime Stoppers need the public’s help with identifying two suspects who robbed an insurance company in Alief.

Investigators said the two unknown men walked inside the insurance company that afternoon, sat down and started asking about insurance rates. 

Surveillance video from inside the business captured one of the suspects pull out a long revolver after talking with an employee. Police said he then demanded money.

Both suspects then walked around the employees’ desk and started going through drawers. When they found money, they put into a trash can, video shows.

The suspects then walked out of the business and headed in an unknown direction. 

Investigators describe the suspect as Hispanic men between 30 to 40 years old. Both men are about six feet tall. One was wearing a brown hat, blue sweater, blue jeans and black/white shoes at the time of the robbery. The other was wearing a white t-shirt, khaki pants, black hat and a mask. 

If you have any information that can help police catch these suspects, please call 713-222-8477. Crime Stoppers may up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspects in this case.

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A Collin County estate that’s just hit the market offers genuine country living just a short commute from major employment centers.

The 14-acre estate east of U.S. Highway 75 off of Parker Road is one of the largest spreads in that area. It’s in the town of Parker, which is next to Allen.

The property with its $3.495 million price tag includes a stately home, an equestrian center and a one-of-a-kind office built into a stable building.

There are five horse pastures, a chicken coop, potting sheds, gardens, a polo practice field and landscaped grounds with mature trees.

The more than 6,000-square-foot house has six bedrooms and six and a half baths. There’s a media room and a saltwater pool.

The house is 6,000 square feet.
The house is 6,000 square feet.(Icon Global Group )

The original house was built in the 1980s and significantly remodeled in 2006 and 2017, said owner Bernard Uechtritz of Icon Global Group, who has decided to put the estate up for sale.

Icon Global Group is marketing the property.

“I bought the property in 2004 and began acquiring the properties around it,” Uechtritz said. “We gutted the house back to the studs.”

Uechtritz said he’s decided to downsize now that his kids have moved away.

“I’m going to move out to Cedar Creek Lake where our horses are,” he said. “We’ll probably keep an apartment on Turtle Creek.”

The property can be divided and still maintain the large house and stable buildings.

“There is 12 acres or more than can be developed into 2-acre home lots,” Uechtritz said. “To have a place with 14 acres that’s 20 minutes from Uptown is rare.”

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Ben F. Windham P.C., Henry County Car Accident Lawyer, exposes secrets of underinsured auto insurance in Georgia.

HENRY COUNTY, GA / ACCESSWIRE / September 28, 2020 / The Georgia legislature has codified minimum requirements for motor vehicle liability insurance policies under O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11. Any automobile liability policy in this state must have not less than $25,000.00 dollars because of bodily injury to or death of one person in any one incident or $50,000.00 dollars because of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one occurrence. In current economic times, $25,000.00 dollars is nowhere near enough insurance coverage for someone who is seriously injured in an automobile collision. Even minor collisions alone result in hospital visits for diagnostic testing and can result in more than $25,000.00 dollars in medical bills. This is not to mention that many injuries will put people out of work for some time, causing them to have a claim for lost wages.

It is very important due to the minimum required policy limits in this state that people have what is referred to as “uninsured” or sometimes “underinsured” motorist protection on their automobile insurance policy. While it is true that everyone should carry uninsured motorist protection, it is these types of policies that are the most unfair to insureds in the State of Georgia.

Until 2009, the secret of the insurance industry was that even if an insured paid for $25,000.00 dollars in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, they were only entitled to tap into that $25,000.00 dollars if the person that caused the collision in which they were injured had less than $25,000.00 dollars insurance coverage. In other words, if the person that hit you had $50,000.00 in insurance coverage and you had $25,000.00 in uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage, you would not