How IL has spent $56M from health law's prevention fund
Randy Gutzke, a longtime IV drug user who says he struggles daily to stay sober, recently was offered a quick-results test for hepatitis C at a West Side community health center in Chicago. A case manager also reviewed the behaviors that put him at risk for contracting a hepatitis C infection, such as getting tattoos from unregulated shops and sharing razors, needles and "cookers." More than 1,500 people have been screened for hepatitis C since February 2013 at public health "field stations" run through the University of Illinois at Chicago's Community Outreach Intervention Projects, thanks to a $150,000 grant funded through the Affordable Care Act.
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