Below we have a federal and state update and save the dates! FEDERAL UPDATE Tax Bill Update The Conference committee is working on merging the House and Senate tax cut bills.  Although negotiations could wrap up at any time and a vote taken, we are hearing that we might have a week to advocate and... Read more »

Advocacy for All: How to be a Great Advocate with the Skills You Have

Tax Bill Threatens Critical Programs – Act Now Congress is moving quickly to pass a tax bill that will place critical programs for people with disabilities at great risk!  The bill will reduce federal revenues so much that Congress is all but certain to move to cut programs to pay for the tax cuts.  In fact,... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

Arc Policy and Advocacy Update * Give us your ideas! Help the Arc Craft 2018 Legislative Agenda! * NEW Registration –  Dec 7 Future Planning with Aging Parents – For Professionals. Click here for details. Here are some of the highlights and calls to action for this week.  For the latest news, please like us on... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

Arc Policy and Advocacy Update Upcoming Advocacy Training: October 19, Carbondale Advocacy and Federal Medicaid Attacks Training will touch on what is self advocacy, advocacy tools as well as a brief overview of how Congress is trying to change Medicaid.  There will be a 1-4 pm in depth training and 6-7:30 pm shorter training.  For more information, email meg@thearcofil.org.  CEUs... Read more »

National Medicaid Call-In Day TODAY!

We are all exhausted, but take a sip of coffee, flex those fingers and pick up the phone, email, social media today with stories of support for Medicaid! Within the next few days we expect to see some kind of significant movement on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson healthcare bill (Graham-Cassidy bill for short). The U.S. Senate is... Read more »

Medicaid Under Attack Again!  Call Senators!

New Threats to Medicaid: Action Needed Call Our Senators Now! This summer, advocates like you worked hard to defeat a dangerous health care bill that would have included massive cuts to Medicaid. We need your help to reinforce this message once again, as new proposals are being introduced that include similar threats. Key Senators and... Read more »

Keep Up the Fight! Update on Healthcare Bills

Today or early tomorrow, the Senate is expected to vote on the misnamed “Skinny Repeal”, which still is estimated might affect 15 million people.  The skinny repeal bill would remove the individual and employer mandates and roll back the tax on medical devices.  If it passes, one of two things could happen, the House could... Read more »

Healthcare vote expected today around 2 pm

Thanks to all who have advocated to Illinois Senators and beyond.  Today is the day that the Senate is expected to vote on a motion to proceed (MTP) to debate on at least one if not more healthcare repeal and replace bills.  It is still not clear what will be voted on but Senator McCain... Read more »

Save Medicaid – One More Time

Another Monday means another action alert.  However, we are hearing that a Senate vote is expected tomorrow on healthcare.  There a lot of pressure being applied on both sides in this fight, but WE CAN’T LOSE!  There will be a vote on a motion to proceed.  We want Senators to vote no.  Senator Collins from... Read more »

State Budget Update

State Budget Update – We are almost there! Thank you for all your advocacy over the past week and really throughout the last year to try to push legislators and the Governor to negotiate a full year responsible budget.  We are almost there! ACTION: Call your House member to ask them to support this responsible... Read more »