Arc Update – New Tribune Article, Huge Medicaid Issues

Up first: Michael Berens released another article today in the Chicago Tribune “Reforms Promised but group homes still suffering from problems“.  The Arc of Illinois plans to respond with a letter to the editor about this article as we see it as incredibly bias and advocating for a return to state institutions.  It also completely... Read more »

Action Alert:  Protect the ADA!

Call Today! A vote in the House of Representatives on HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, is expected this week.  Call your legislator to vote NO on HR 620. Why does this matter to people with disabilities? This bill would remove any consequence for businesses with architectural barriers that violate the ADA, a... Read more »

Arc Federal Advocacy Update

We have enough updates this week that I have split things into at least two weeks.  First the federal level updates: Trump Signs Family Caregivers Act A new law will require the federal government to develop a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, including those supporting people with developmental disabilities. Read More > TRUMP’S... Read more »

Executive Forum Follow Up & News

FOLLOW UP FROM EXEC FORUM Thanks to those who joined the Jan 3 Executive Forum webinar.  Here is the link to the recording if you would like to listen.  Here is the power point as well. The next in-person Executive Forum meeting will be March 3 (location tba). LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Don’t forget to register for... Read more »

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  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 »