Rebalancing Resolution. Representative Cavalotto, R-Salem, has introduced House Resolution 1247 which would request the Auditor General to conduct an audit of Community Resource Associates (CRA) and their work on rebalancing the disability system.  This appears to be a pre election action for his area.
Health Care Reform. The Arc’s Family to Family Health Information Center hosted a Health Care Reform for Children with Special Needs in Illinois Seminar last week. It was quite an informative day for families at Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago.
The program featured a presentation by Shea Ako, a father with a toddler in the waiver and families efforts to save the Medically Fragile Technological Dependent Children’s Waiver which is being dramatically changed because of the SMART Act. Please go to their facebook page and like them: Save The MFTD Waiver!

Tony, Shea & Faye Manaster                           Faye, Tony & Cathy
Cathy Chan from the Illinois Maternal & Children Health Coalition did a presentation on the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois. The Arc has a policy paper on The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need to Know.
Stephanie Altman, J.D., from Health & Disability Advocates did an excellent presentation on The SMART Act Moving Backward Before Moving Forward.

Stephanie Altman!                                    DSCC Director Tom Jerkovitz

Arc US Convention.
  Let me know if you are attending this year’s Arc US Convention in Washington D.C. I will be planning some events for Illinois attendees so check in with me and we can celebrate the election of our own Nancy Webster as the President of The Arc of the United States!

Nancy Webster!!!
Legislative Visits. Today, Phil and I will meet with Senator Pat McGuire in Crest Hill to discuss disability issues.

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)