On November 4th, 2014, voters in Illinois can express their opinion about the issue of birth control coverage in health insurance. The ballot will include this question:
"Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?" Voters can answer "Yes" or "No."
Advocacy Day with Mike Frerichs and friends
On April 1st, 2014, CCSE took a bus of students from J.W. Eater Jr. High School to the state capital in Springfield. They joined EverThrive youth advocates from around the state to talk to legislators about the need for food access through maintaining SNAP and the School Lunch Program, and an increase in the minimum wage so that families can afford to take care of their health.
Teen Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Rates
Overall, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) rates decreased in Champaign County from 2012-2013. However, the majority of chlamydia (70.9%) and gonorrhea (64.2%) cases in Illinois in that timeframe were among adolescents aged 15-24.
The Illinois Department of Public Health released provisional numbers showing that in Champaign County, the pregnancy rates for 15-17 year olds were 2.2% in 2012 and 2.3% in 2013 - higher than the national rate. These numbers represent an increase from the Champaign County 2011 birth rate for 15-17 year olds, which was 1%. Teens overall (19 year olds and younger) accounted for 7% of births in Champaign County in 2012 and 2013, an increase from 6% in 2011.
For more information visit the Illinois Department of Public Health Statistics page.