The Arc of Illinois State Update

Thank you for all the advocacy this week! There is a lot of information to share: Great news from HFS:Illinois Medicaid & CHIP Eligibility Changes and Requests to Address COVID-19 HFS is requesting CMS approval of eligibility changes as a part of a package of requests to maximize flexibility within the Medicaid program. Examples of... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Action Alerts and Updates

Action on Monday Towards Ending the Subminimum Wage for People with Disabilities Hearing Monday, November 18 at 10 am at City Hall, 121 LaSalle Street The hearing will start at 10:00 am but please know that there will multiple items on the agenda for Monday including the amendments to the 2020 city budget, Rideshare reforms,... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Rate Increase Delay – Due to Paperwork Friday afternoon,DHS released a letter that indicated that the 3.5% rate increase for service providers of I/DD is expected to be delayed because of the wait for federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approval of the rate increase. Obviously this two month delay at least is... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019 CONTACT: The Arc of Illinois Meg Cooch, Executive Director meg@thearcofil.org / 815.464.1832 The Arc of Illinois Thanks the Legislature and Governor for Supporting People with Disabilities in the Illinois Budget SPRINGFIELD, IL – With the passage of the Illinois Budget this weekend, disability self-advocates, families and community organizations from... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Last Day of Session! The budget is going to be debated today. We are analyzing it now and will have more information once it has passed. The BIMP bill which contains much of the direction about rates has not been reviewed yet. Good news – Legislation Going to the Governor for His SignatureSB1321 -The... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

We just got back from meeting with Deputy Governor Sol Flores and her staff regarding many of the priorities listed below and DD Services transformation efforts such as the HCBS settings rule and rebalancing. ACTION ALERTS! This week is the last week for the Legislature to pass the state budget. They are also actively negotiating... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

This is a busy week in Springfield! CALLS TO ACTION: Support Sexual Health, Sexual Safety Education Call your legislators to support HB 3299, which requires access to sexual health, sexual education and sexual safety training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in CILAs, ICFDDs and SODCs.Here is a fact sheet from theIllinois Guardianship... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

State Updates Homebased Service Agreement – Thanks to those who offered insight to the draft service agreement for those in homebased.  Based on the concerns raised through the stakeholder input process, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is placing the Draft Information Bulletin revising the HBS Service Agreement process on hold indefinitely. ISC NOFO Legislation/Resolution As you might... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

We have been in Springfield this week talking about the many bills that could impact the lives of people with disabilities.  Next week is committee deadlines for the House (this week was the Senate) so I would expect it to be a busy week since it is a make or break time for many bills... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

This is a huge week to raise your voice as people with disabilities, families and community organizations in Springfield.  We have two more weeks until the committee deadline where bills will have to be voted out of committee in order to move forward this legislative session.  As advocates, we need to make calls to legislators... Read more »