We had an excellent webinar today for our Executive Forum with Marty Ford, Director of Public Policy for The Arc of the United States, and Julie Ward. Their topic was a Washington, D.C. update on disability issues facing the country. Now that the election is over and the Supreme Court has ruled about the Affordable Care Act, serious discussions are underway that pose major threats to disability programs such as cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Special Education, Housing and more. Here is a link to their PowerPoint presentation: Washington Update.

Marty Ford with the President
In addition you can Sign up for Action Alerts at The Arc Action Center: http://capwiz.com/thearc/mlm/signup/ to be fully informed about national disability issues.
The Arc has also created a grassroots campaign to combat cuts to Medicaid which fund about 70% of all disability services in the nation and all of our community services in Illinois. Don’t Cut My Lifeline Tool Kit: http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=3232
The Arc has also produced the following advocacy tools on deficit reduction and the Affordable Care Act.
Deficit Reduction: What Disability Advocates Need to Know: http://www.thearc.org/document.doc?id=4000
Affordable Care Act; What Disability Advocates Need to Know: http://www.thearc.org/document.doc?id=3898

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