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 »

Federal and State Policy Updates

State and Federal Update Here are some of the highlights and calls to action for this week.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook as well.  Illinois Special Session Senate Releases Bill – Bigger Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Comment on the Adult Services Waiver Upcoming Events Illinois Special Session We are wrapping up... Read more »

June 6 – Medicaid Day of Action

Join The Arc June 6 For Medicaid Day of Advocacy We are hearing that the Senate might consider a revised version of the American Health Care Act, which will CUT AND CAP MEDICAID by more than $800 million before the August Recess.  This means we need to keep up the pressure, stories, social media and... Read more »

Support Community Living Today!

Today, 300 advocates are coming to the Capitol to speak up for community living, rebalancing the I/DD service system and supporting investment into the service system including increasing wages. Even if you can’t be in Springfield today, you can still support! 1) Share what community living means to you and your family on Facebook, Twitter... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update Craziness continues at the state and federal level, which means we need to keep flexing our advocacy muscles! ACTIONS NEEDED THIS WEEK (more detail below): 1) Social Media: Use the #GoingHomeIL Wednesday 2) Call your IL House Member to support SB955, the direct support worker wage bill. 3) Call... Read more »