Last week we hosted an excellent: “Update on Health Care Reform for Children & Adults
with Special Needs.” The information shared could not have been more timely for the 105
advocates who joined us.
Today, I wanted to share with you the presentations of our speakers. I know this will be
the first of many other information exchanges on health care reform in Illinois. The main
website is Get Covered Illinois where you should begin your research:

Tony & Sharron Matthews

Sharron D. Matthews, Assistant Director, IL Dept of Healthcare & Family Services,
presentation was: “HFS – Medicaid Reform in Illinois and Impact on Children & Adults.”

Tony & Stephanie

Stephanie Altman, J.D., Program & Policy Director, Health & Disability Advocates,
presentation was:
“Update on the SMART Act and the Affordable Care Act – Focusing on Special Populations.”

Tony & Charles Watkins

Charles Watkins, Regional Outreach Coordination, Get Covered Illinois, Office of
the Governor, presentation was: “The Private Health Insurance Marketplace and Individuals
with Special Needs.”

Kathy Chan, Policy Director, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition presented:
“Who Can Help with Health Care Reform Options?”

We intend to have additional sessions on health care reform at our Leadership
Conference and The Arc’s Annual Convention as well.

The Arc’s Family to Family Health Information Center is also quite up to date on
health care reform in Illinois.

Tony, Lynne Doolittle & Faye Manaster

Lastly, Lynn Doolittle was honored for her volunteer efforts for The Arc’s Family
to Family Health Information Center. Congratulations Lynn!

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)