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Lockport Express Care Wellness Program may cut some medical costs

Lockport Express Medical Group, Inc

16221 W 159 th Street  Lockport, IL 60441

Fax : 815-838-4305    Phone 815-588-1111


Lockport Express Care Wellness Program

Membership Agreement



 $ 200 [0-11 yrs]   $ 220 [12-17 years]  $ 240 [18-39 years] 

 $ 270 [40-64 years]   $ 300 [65+ yrs]

I do hereby subscribe to membership in Lockport Express Care Wellness Program, as outlined below. During the membership period of twelve months, which starts today; I will be entitled to the following FREE benefits:

  • Free Annual Physical Exam
  • Free Blood Pressure measurements at any time
  • Free Weight and Height Measurements at any time
  • Free Annual Nutritional Assessment
  • Free Annual Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
  • Free Annual Vision Screening
  • Free Lipid and Cholesterol Check once every five years for all adults
  • Free Diabetes Screen once every three years for all patients 40 years or older
  • Free Annual Colorectal Cancer Screen for all patients 50 years or older
  • Free Gynecologic Assessment (PAP smear and HPV screen) once every two years for all females 20-30 years of age, and every three years for all females over 30 years of age

Additionally I will be entitled to the following discounted benefits, when clinically indicated:

  • In-House evaluation for any medical complaint, by one of our healthcare providers, and with no required appointment, for only $ 15.00 per visit.
  • In-House free treatment with Medications
  • In-House Laboratory Testing for only $ 5.00 per test
  • In-House Radiologic Exam for only $ 50.00 per exam
  • In-House Intravenous Therapy for only $ 100.00 (initial) & $ 25.00 (additional or separate injections)
  • In-House Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot) at $ 11.40 (every fall) & Tetanus Booster (ADACEL) at $ 34.20
  • In-House all Minor Surgical Procedures at a 70% discount off our standard prices
  • In-House Orthopedic Supplies at discounted pricing

I hereby acknowledge that Lockport Express Medical Group does not treat life-threatening conditions. If it is determined that I have a life-threatening condition, I understand that I will be transferred to a nearby Emergency Room. I also acknowledge that Lockport Express Medical Group does not provide certain medical services, for which I might be referred to an outside source, and billed separately. Lockport Express Medical Group will not be held responsible for any of these services. These services include (but are not limited to) the following:-

Unusual medical conditions requiring referral to a specialist; Hospitalizations; Surgical Procedures requiring General or Regional Anesthesia; Blood transfusions; Mammography; Ultrasonography; CT Scanning; MR Imaging; Angiography; Pain Management; Prescribing Controlled Substances for any maintenance purposes; Prenatal Care; Laboratory Testing (other than tests provided at the Lockport Express Medical Clinic)

I hereby understand that my membership will be terminated at any time if payment is not made in full.



Patient / Guardian Signature : _________________________                        Date : ___________________________

Source: Will County News

Submissions for changes and additions to the Indiana Republican Party Platform

Indiana Republican Party
WHO:   Indiana Republican Party Platform Committee

WHAT:  Third Platform Hearing 

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 20 from 6-8 p.m. EST

WHERE: Heritage Financial Group
120 W. Lexington Ave.
Elkhart, IN

WHY:    To discuss the public’s submissions for changes and additions to the Indiana Republican Party Platform. If anyone would like to testify at the hearing, please submit name and topic to stateplatform@indiana.gop or call Misty Hollis at (765) 967-5660


Media Contact:
Kristen Williams
Communications Coordinator

Source: Will County News

Become an Election Judge/ The Will County Clerk needs you


Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots’ office seeks election judges to work polling places for the upcoming November 8, 2016 General Election.

– Earn $150:  paid $90 per election and $60 for training when appointed
– Earn additional pay for extra responsibilities
– Involved in the election process

For more information including duties and qualifications, contact the Will County Clerk’s office by calling 815-740-4617. Voters can apply to be an election judge by visiting:



Source: Will County News

Batinick Petitions for No Legislative Pay to Legislators if Budget Cannot be Negotiated

News From

State Representative Mark Batinick


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              Contact: Deb Kraulidis

April 18, 2016                                                                                                              (815) 254-0000



Rep. Mark Batinick Petitions for No Legislative Pay to Legislators if Budget Cannot be Negotiated





Plainfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has drawn up a petition stating that if an agreed upon budget is not produced by the General Assembly, legislators should not be given legislative pay.  As the State enters a tenth month without a passed budget, many people reliant on State funding are rightfully concerned, and so is Rep. Batinick.


Rep. Batinick stated, “Since July of last year, I have called for legislative pay to be halted until a compromised budget is passed. I co-sponsored House Bill 4253 which halts legislative pay in times of a budget impasse. I believe if we had done this ten months ago, there would’ve been a well-compromised budget by now. Students, social service providers, and vendors have gone without funding or pay, and enough is enough.”


“No one in Springfield entered elected office to watch their schools and constituents go without proper funding. Illinoisans have called for a balanced budget that meets the demands of its people, and it is due time that a compromise is made for just that. If the budget cannot be drawn properly, and one group still believes they’re then only ones needed at the table, then legislators shouldn’t expect pay because they are not meeting the demands of their constituents.”


Rep. Batinick is asking all concerned Illinoisans to sign the petition at www.nobudgetnopayIL.com, and stands with Comptroller Leslie Munger’s recent delay of legislative pay to legislators in order to prioritize it for those that need it most.





Source: Will County News

UnitedHealthcare to exit most Obamacare exchanges

UnitedHealthcare to exit most Obamacare exchanges

UnitedHealthcare, the biggest health insurer in the United States, said Tuesday that it plans to exit most of the Affordable Care Act state exchanges where it currently operates by 2017.

The health insurer had already indicated that it was dropping coverage of the plans, more commonly known as Obamacare, in Arkansas, Georgia and Michigan.


But during a conference call with analysts Tuesday, CEO Stephen Hemsley noted that “next year we will remain in only a handful of states.”

Hemsley explained that UnitedHealth will leave most states by 2017 because the markets for these exchanges are relatively small and also have higher risks for the company over the short-term.

As such, he said UnitedHealth (UNH) could not serve these exchanges on an “effective and sustained basis.”

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. UnitedHealth had previously said that it lost $475 million on the ACA exchanges last year and could lose another $500 million this year.

But Hemsley said that the company will “continue to remain an advocate for more stable and sustainable approaches to serving this market and those who rely on it for their care.”

Related: Obamacare patients sicker and pricier than expected

UnitedHealth’s president and chief financial officer David Wichmann added that the company served 795,000 people on public exchanges as of the end of the first quarter. It expects to have only 650,000 public exchange members by December.

This could be a blow to President Obama and his signature law to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system.

And according to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation, it could mean higher insurance premiums in several states — most notably Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and North Carolina.

But Ben Wakana, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said that the Obama administration expected there to be “changes and adjustments in the early years with issuers both entering and exiting states.”

Wakana added that “it’s clear that this is a growing business for insurers, and it’s a product consumers want and need.” He added that the success of the exchanges should not be judged by the decision of just one individual insurer.

Still, the industry is also in the midst of massive consolidation — which is often good news for investors and bad news for consumers.

UnitedHealth rivals Aetna (AET) and Humana (HUM) are merging. So are Cigna (CI) and Anthem(ANTM). That means that the industry could be about to go from five big players to only three.

But Cynthia Cox, associate director of health reform and private insurance at Kaiser, said this won’t be the death of Obamacare.

She noted that UnitedHealth has been more cautious about entering the ACA markets than its competitors. Hemsley had warned previously that claims tied to the Obamacare exchanges were costlier than expected.

And other insurers that focus on Medicaid and Medicare pans, such as Centene (CNC), are more prominent players in the state exchanges.

Still, Wall Street applauded the news. Shares of UnitedHealthcare rose nearly 1.5%. It helped that the company’s earnings and revenue topped forecasts. UnitedHealth also boosted its financial targets for the year.

CNN’s Allison Malloy contributed to this report.

Source: Will County News