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  • Patient Profile: Don Ball

    Don Ball was in his mid twenties when he experienced his first seizure. He was at work and woke up from a violent tonic clonic seizure with several broken teeth. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a one-time event and over the next few years, it took trying many different anti-seizure medications and combinations of prescriptions before his seizures began to reduce to “what some may call a ‘manageable’ level,” he explains. Don…

  • Partner Profile: Arthritis Foundation

    The Arthritis Foundation is the “Champion of Yes,” helping the arthritis community conquer everyday battles through information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections. The Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another…

  • Patient Profile: Bill

    Bill, a resident of Kankakee County for nearly 30 years, had a routine physical in May of 2012 that resulted in his diagnosis of an extremely rare and serious bone marrow disorder, Myelofibrosis. This condition only occurs in about 1.5 out of every 100,000 people in the U.S. For Bill, symptoms included night sweats, loss…

  • Patient Profile: Meryl

    Meryl lives with anxiety and depression. Her doctor prescribed medication at the end of July last year, which happened to be after she met her family’s insurance deductible. The prescription enhances the effectiveness of her other medicines and helps her manage her illness. At the start of 2015, the Highland Park mother of two was…

  • Crystal Lake resident hopes to ‘cap the copay’ on high-price specialty drugs

    Ryan, a 16-year-old from suburban Chicago, was diagnosed with epilepsy eight years ago. He suffers from a variety of different seizures, making it that much more difficult to find medications, and the right combination of medications, to control them. Ryan currently takes six different medicines, three times a day, which can be very straining, both…

  • Andrade Fights to Protect Patients with Chronic Illnesses

    To help improve access to life-saving medicines, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, is renewing efforts for his proposal to help the many Illinoisans who suffer with chronic illnesses pay less for the prescription drugs they need to manage their symptoms. “The skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs for health insurance customers have gotten out of control,” Andrade said.…

  • Bill seeks to cap prescription copays

    It's a new practice being used to contain health care costs but does "co-insurance" threaten to put medications financially out of reach for Kentucky's sickest patients? It's not just the medication Julie Davis takes daily to prevent epileptic seizures, but the arsenal of pills to counteract that drug's side effects. "I have a 7 o'clock…

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