Health Services for Kids without Private Health Insurance Thursday at First Church in Crystal Lake

Concurrent with its Rummage Sale, the First United Methodist Church is hosting the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile this Thursday at the corner of West Crystal Lake and Dole Avenues. From 9-4, kids without private health insurance will be provided free … Continue reading

County Board Considering Health Coverage Changes

Almost two hours was spent by the McHenry County Human Services and Finance & Audit Committees discussing proposals for next year’s health coverage for non-union employees. At issue was about a $20 million budget item. Under proposals outlined by Cheryl … Continue reading

Obamacare Monopoly in McHenry County

Three GOP officials comment on Obamacare shrinking coverage. First Governor Bruce Rauner: Statement on Health Care Rate Fillings Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on today’s health care rate filings: “It’s very unfortunate that the major structural flaws in … Continue reading

Proposed Changes in County Employee Health Care Plans

Here’s are the changes in health plans being proposed to the McHenry County Board’s Human Services Committee on Thursday: 2017 Changes to Medical Plans, Cost Sharing Percentages, and Incentives Changes to Current Plans BCBS HMOBA Increase Office Copays (Primary and … Continue reading

The Next Attack on the McHenry County Board

The McHenry County Board’s Management Services Committee is on deck today to follow in the footsteps of Human Resources Committee. On June 2nd, all Human Resources Committee members voted in favor of abolishing pensions for County Board members. Now it … Continue reading

County Board Pensions and Health Insurance

There were two questions asked of all candidates who participated (only Mary McCann did not) in the McHenry County League of Women Voters candidates’ forums for County Board: Pensions (and insurance the second time around) Homelessness I’ll deal with the … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teacher Negotiations after Board Meeting

After at least an hour and a half of public comment and fifteen minutes of power point information from the school board’s side, the McHenry High School Board and its teacher union went back into negotiations behind closed doors. According … Continue reading

Legislators’ “Cadillac” Health Benefits

State Rep. David McSweeney is featured in an article about legislators’ health insurance in an Illinois Network News article.  (The Illinois News Network is a part of the Illinois Policy Institute.) The headline is GA health benefits cost taxpayers $1.2 … Continue reading

County Employees Pay 21% of Health Benefits Cost

This evening at five, the Human Services Committee will meet to consider employee health insurance costs, among other topics. This coming year, employees paid out of the General Fund will contribute $2,329,999 Taxpayers will pay the rest: $12,392,849 All those … Continue reading

Serwatka Rejects Pension, Health, Life Insurance

The Northwest Herald ran a front page article Saturday announcing Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka’s candidacy for State Representative. Serwatka, East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn, West Dundee Village Trustee Dan Wilbrandt and McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield are … Continue reading

Contractor Doesn’t Pay Union Wages, Indicted for Cheating Benefit Funds

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Former President of Chicago Construction Company Indicted in $1.9 Million Union Fraud Scheme CHICAGO — The former president of a Southwest Side construction company paid off-the-books cash wages to workers and under-reported … Continue reading

State Has Figured Out That Insurance Agents Can Sell Obamacare

When Governor Jim Edgar passed Kids Care in the mid-1990’s, I remember having lunch in the legislators’ dining room and telling her if he wanted it to really succeed, he would let insurance agents sell it. Instead, Edgar and Blagojevich … Continue reading

Illinois Policy Institute Gives Three Reason to Reject Obamacare Sign-Up Money

Illinois Policy Institute Director of Health Policy Naomi Lopez Bauman has written an article about the 10-10 rejection of over $500,000 of Obamacare navigator money by the McHenry County Board. It’s topical because there is going to be a re-vote … Continue reading

Pressure Remains on Naperville to Cut Pensions & Health Insurance for Part-Time Council

The Chicago Tribune continues to put pressure on the Naperville City Council to remove the fringe benefits that council members receive. This time the Chicago Tribune article is about health insurance for the $12,000 a year, part-time elected officials. The … Continue reading