Arc Capitol Insider

Action Alert Don’t Cut Our Lifeline Action Alert Major Event Last Week Employment – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Last week, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was mandated by Section 609 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, held its third meeting via webinar. ... Read more »

Arc and Choose Revenue

The Arc is a proud member of the Responsible Budget Coalition. Please respond to call to action below. Tony RBC State Budget Day of Action: Choose Revenue. Avoid Cuts. Governor Rauner’s proposed budget would devastate our families and communities. But lawmakers and the governor don’t have to make those cuts—they have a choice. Instead... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Headed to Pontiac today to meet with advocates on community integration and rebalancing. Tony Capitol Insider Action Alert Medicaid – State Medicaid Programs at Risk in House/Senate Concurrent Budget Resolution The Senate is expected to vote early this week on the concurrent budget resolution that was passed by the House last week (see... Read more »

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 »