Heading to the Capitol today.


Action Alert
Action Alert – Oppose Language from CMS That Will Restrict Access to Important Medications
for People with Disabilities

Major Events This Week

Social Security – House to Hold Hearing on Preventing Fraud in SSDI
On Wednesday, February 26th the House Committee on Ways and Means,
Social Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “ways to prevent conspiracy fraud in the
Social Security Disability Insurance program.”  Visit the committee web site for more information
and to view streaming video on the day of the hearing.
Major Events Ahead

Budget & Appropriations – President’s 2015 Budget Request to be released next week;
Chained CPI not expected to be included The Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
announced that the President’s budget request would be released on March 4 with a
more detailed version to come the following week.  According to press accounts, the
President’s budget will stick to the discretionary spending caps set by the budget
agreement Congress passed last year, but will not includeshifting to the “chained consumer
price index” for cost-of-living adjustments under Social Security and other programs.  The
Arc strongly opposes use of the chained CPI for Social Security, Supplemental Security
Income and other programs because it reduces the annual cost of living increase and results
in cuts in benefits for low income individuals and people with disabilities.

Book Rooms Now for the 2014 Disability Policy Seminar

Now is the time to book your rooms for the 2014 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.
April 7-9 before our room block at the Grand Hyatt closes on March 4. And take advantage of
special early registration rates until March 7. Back for a second year in a row, AAIDD will
showcase its catalogue of publications and tools for disability professionals, caregivers, and
advocates. And, if you’re new to the Seminar, on Tuesday, March 11 at 3:00 p .m. EST, AUCD
and AAIDD will be offering an orientation to the policy issues and current legislation you will be
hearing about during the seminar. Get more information, book your room and register now at www.disabilitypolicyseminar.org.

Hosted by: The Arc, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American
Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of
Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE),
and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

Promotional Support Provided by: Sibling Leadership Network

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
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815-464-1832 (CELL)