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Thousands visit Illinois' online marketplace

Saturday, 05 October 2013 08:40 Published in Local News

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 150,000 people have visited a state website to learn if they qualify for Medicaid or to buy health insurance on a new online marketplace.

The marketplaces are a key part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, which were launched Tuesday.

Kelly Sullivan is a spokeswoman for Illinois' site, Get Covered Illinois.

She said as of Friday, about 12,000 people have submitted applications for Medicaid after completing an online screening tool.

But glitches continue on the federal site where Illinoisans may comparison shop for insurance. The government has said it's working to address the problems.

Sullivan says the state is working on educating residents about the health care law and will step up advertising once the federal site can handle increased demand.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Symphony is offering free tickets this weekend to furloughed federal workers.

The symphony said Friday that the gesture seeks to show support to those directly affected by the federal government shutdown.

The shows on Saturday and Sunday feature the works of American composers George Gershwin and John Adams.

Each federal employee can obtain two tickets, which must be picked up in person at the Powell Hall Box Office. A valid federal ID is required.

Search for north county man with Alzheimer's in day 4

Friday, 04 October 2013 14:06 Published in Local News

The search for an elderly north county man is in day four.

R.V. Mandrell is 82-years-old and has Alzheimer's disease. He was last seen around 7:30 Tuesday morning and reported missing 4:30 that afternoon. Mandrell is a white man, five and-a-half feet tall, and weighs 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and shorts.

He is believed to be in the north St. Louis County area. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.

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