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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2006

Blagojevich Administration launches statewide Back-to-School All Kids Training Tour
Events will provide important enrollment information on several state healthcare programs

CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the launch of the statewide Back-to-School All Kids Training Tour to make sure that community leaders, services providers, and social service agencies are informed about the new or recently expanded healthcare programs offered by the state as families send their kids back to school.  Local providers and agencies are encouraged to attend, and can register for the events online at www.allkidscovered.com.  The All Kids Training Tour, which starts today in Berwyn and Charleston, will hold nine events statewide over the next two weeks.
 
“We have worked hard over the last three and a half years to expand healthcare to working families across the state, and one of the best ways to get the word out to families is through our community partners,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “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, Gov. Blagojevich and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) 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 healthcare 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 important programs.”
 
Training tour participants will receive information on new or recently expanded programs to help every family in Illinois get access to affordable, quality healthcare.  The programs presented at the trainings include:
 
All Kids offers low cost or free comprehensive healthcare coverage for all uninsured children, regardless of family income;
 
FamilyCare provides access to affordable healthcare coverage for parents of children ages 18 and younger in Illinois;
 
Illinois Cares Rx offers Illinois’ low-income seniors and persons with disabilities prescription drug assistance; and for those with Medicare Part D it offers them 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, which allows all Illinoisans to save up to 80 percent on hundreds of the most popular drugs imported from Canada and the United Kingdom;
 
Veterans Care provides access comprehensive, affordable healthcare to Illinois’ uninsured veterans whose income is below a certain threshold;
 
Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment for certain uninsured women.
 
To register for the Training Tour, individuals can fill out the online registration form at www.allkidscovered.com or call 312-491-8161.
 
The full schedule of event is listed below: 
 
9/12
All Kids Training Tour
Eastern IL University MLK,
Jr. University Union
7th St. (south of Lincoln Ave), Charleston, IL 61920
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
9/12
All Kids Training Tour
MacNeal Hospital
3249 S. Oak Park Ave., Berwyn, IL 60402
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
9/13
All Kids Training Tour
Pekin Hospital
600 S. 13th St., Pekin, IL 61554
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
9/14
All Kids Training Tour
Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts
201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL 60193
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
9/14
All Kids Training Tour
Provena Saint Joseph Hospital
77 N. Airlite St., Elgin, IL 60123
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
9/19
All Kids Training Tour
Hauser-Ross Eye Institute
2240 Gateway Dr., Sycamore, IL 60178
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
9/19
All Kids Training Tour
Memorial Health Education Center
706 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon, IL 62269
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
9/20
All Kids Training Tour
John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Rd., Carterville, IL 62918
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
9/21
All Kids Training Tour
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
315 8th St., Lincoln, IL 62656
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


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