Today I am in Chicago with the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency
that recommends disability policy to the President, Congress and other federal agencies. I will
be part of this forum on “Medicaid Managed Care: Building Community Systems for Care.”
Background: At least 26 states across the nation, including Illinois, California, Florida, and New
York are rolling out mandatory programs that seek to put billions of public dollars into privately
managed long-term care plans. But pressures of cost containment and profit motive have
revealed hidden pitfalls in the approach. In many cases, care has been denied after needs
grew costlier — including care that people received under previous systems.
Tomorrow I head to the Capitol for our Day in the Capitol on Wednesday and for the
Governor’s Budget Address. Last Friday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing
on the Dept. of Human Services Budget asking what DHS would do if it has to reduce its’
budget by 20%! As you know, the Income Tax increase is about to expire on January, 2015.
Thursday I’m back in Chicago for the Family Support Network’s Informational Seminar in
Make sure you email the Governor today in support of the Care Campaign!
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423