Arc and Additional Cuts to Medicaid

I have been telling you for quite sometime that additional cuts were coming and from what I have heard in the committee hearings this could be the last cuts for this fiscal year. We still need you to call your House members to support Senate Bill 274 which will restore the cuts to disability... Read more »

Arc Action Alert

Senate Bill 274 will restore all of the $26 million in cuts to the grant programs including TAP, Illinois Life Span, Epilepsy, Respite, Dental Grants and more. Senate Bill 274 just passed the Senate 57 to 1! The House must approve the legislation to restore these important services. Call your State Representative today! Your... Read more »

Arc and Stop The Budget Cuts for Disability Services

The Senate Appropriations I & II held a joint hearing on the grant suspensions for a grueling 3 hours in the Capitol yesterday. Acting Secretary Bassi and Budget Director Nuding were the brunt of the interrogations over those cuts and the need to make those cuts. Many senators declared they thought there was a... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Life Span is Suspended!

It is with great sadness that we share with you that grant funding for the Illinois Life Span Program, the Family Support Network, and Family Transition Program has been suspended as of Friday, April 3rd, 2015. This means that the information, resources, and support provided by these programs will no longer be available to... Read more »

Arc Call to Action

We still have work to do. We dodged a very real bullet last week with the passage of a budget package funding the state through June 30th. The package was signed by Governor Rauner exempting developmental disability services from rate cuts, but it did impose 2.25% cuts to respite care and other grants. It... Read more »

Arc Legislative Update

I will be in Washington D.C. next week for our annual Disability Policy Seminar so you will get a break from my memos to you. Here is our legislative summary from our Governmental Affairs Consultant Phil Milsk. Tony ARC LEGISLATIVE UPDATE April 4, 2014 DIRECT CARE STAFF WAGES HB 3698(Gabel) and SB 2604(Steans) are... Read more »

Arc and New MFTD Children’s Waiver Approved

New Medically Fraigle Technology Dependent Children’s Waiver (MFTD) Approved! We are thrilled to announce that a new MFTD Waiver was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week!  The new program is nearly identical to the previous program.  All of the troubling issues, such as income caps, cost sharing, personal attendant use, and... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on Family to Family Program

ACTION ALERT- SAVE THE FAMILY TO FAMILY HEALTH INFORMATION CENTER The Arc is fighting to extend federal funding for Family-to-Family (F2F) Health Information Centers which we now operate here in Illinois. Our current funding ends on May 31, 2014. Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Pallone have introduced bills to extend F2F funding. Two Representatives... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on Direct Support Professionals Wages

Your State Senators and Representatives are now in their home offices. This is the time you and other advocates should meet with your elected officials and ask them to support increased wages for Direct Support Professionals. I have developed for you talking points below. Also there is a list of current co-sponsors. Don’t... Read more »

Arc Action Alert to Restore Dental Services

The bill to restore dental services passed the Senate yesterday with 42 votes. It is now in the House of Representatives and Rep Flowers is the lead sponsor. Some members do not want this bill to pass because they feel it will open up the SMART Act to more changes! We need House members to... Read more »