Organization fights for health care services for seniors

By WEEK Producer

May 2, 2013 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Health Care Council of Illinois is trying to gain support for a bill that would roll back state cuts affecting nursing home residents.

The council visited Heritage Health nursing home in Bloomington today as part of its multi-city state tour.

They said last year's Medicaid cuts under the SMART act should be reversed because the state hasn't seen the savings it anticipated.

These services include Dental, Podiatry - which is treatment of the feet-, and vision.

"If a resident doesn't have proper teeth, they can't eat," said executive director of the HCCI Pat Comstock. "It causes nutrition problems. You can imagine, these people are already pretty frail and you add that on top of it and their health goes downhill very very quickly."

As part of the effort to restore these healthcare services,
attendees at Thursday's event signed a banner to be delivered to Governor Quinn.

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