Being Open About Postpartum Issues; Testing For Drug-Impaired Driving; Funding And 'Safety Net' Hospitals

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  1. If you’re a mom out there listening, then chances are you've experienced the joys of having a baby and bringing that little one home.
  2. But chances are that you also experienced a lot of other things that are rarely discussed publicly - like night sweats, tears and even bleeding.

    So when University of Illinois professor Kate Clancy - who studies reproductive health, among other things - started tweeted about this a week ago, she struck a chord with thousands, who started sharing their stories.

    And people are still responding. Professor Clancy works in the Department of Anthropology. She’s also the host of the Period podcast, and she joined us in our studio.
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  4. We all know that if you get pulled over and an officer thinks you might be driving drunk, they can test that on the spot with a breathalyzer.

    But now police have another challenge: how can you tell if a driver is under the influence of drugs?

    We’ve talked on the show before about the opioid crisis. The number of Americans dying from drug addiction has been increasing. The Governors Highway Safety Association says that in 2015, there more drivers in fatal crashes who tested positive for drugs, than there were drivers who had alcohol in their system.

    States have taken different approaches to this. Here in Illinois, the Carol Stream police department in the west suburbs of Chicago is testing new ways to detect whether drugs are in a person’s system.

    But we wanted to learn a little bit about how this process works in other states. We were joined by Officer Hannah Wolcott with the Golden Gate Division of the California Highway Patrol. We also spoke with State Trooper Adam Hankins with the Kansas Highway Patrol, along with defense attorney Donald Ramsell.
  5. But first -
  6. When it comes to funding hospitals, it might be easy to assume that it all comes from your own high bills. But of course, the reality is much more complicated. That’s especially the case for the state’s safety-net hospitals, which serve low-income, uninsured, and vulnerable populations, according to the Illinois Hospital Association.

    As it stands now, nearly every hospital in Illinois has paid into a pot of money that helps the state bring in more federal Medicaid dollars. But, now state lawmakers, lobbyists and Governor Rauner want to update the program, changing how hospitals are assessed and how funds get doled out.

    This has hospitals concerned and a number of lawmakers racing to make an agreement. A hearing about the potential changes is scheduled in Chicago on Thursday, January 18.

    Kristen Schorsch has been reporting on this for Crain’s Chicago Business, and she joined us from Chicago. We were also joined by Jose Sanchez, the CEO of one of the state’s safety net hospitals, Norwegian American in Chicago.
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