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 »

Arc of Illinois Update

Arc Policy and Advocacy Update Still Time To Register for the Oct 3 Living with Autism Conference with Ron Suskind and Paula Kluth!  Register here.  Stipends available here. Register for the Sept 28 Federal Medicaid Policy and Advocacy Training here.  This training is targeting individuals with disabilities and families, focusing on the importance of self... Read more »

HFS/DHS release information about 75 cent wage implementation

Healthcare and Family Services and the Department of Human Services released information today about the implementation of the $0.75 per hour wage increase. Here is the HFS provider notice and the more detailed DHS bulletin. The highlights “include the $0.75 increase effective August 1, 2017 for front-line personnel, including, but not limited to, direct support persons,... Read more »

Sept 6 Executive Forum

First, a quick note about the wage implementation.  The They Deserve More Coalition heard this week that DHS is still working on the emergency rule needed to go along with the wage increase and that we should hear something “soon” about implementation.  We are hearing that it will be an August 1 implementation start which... Read more »

Lunchtime Learning Webinar Series

Join The Arc of Illinois for a lunchtime learning opportunity! Our first lunchtime webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th at noon, and will feature Corporation for Supportive Housing and the work they do to expand supportive housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Illinois. Who:                    The Arc of Illinois, Illinois Life Span... Read more »

Federal and State Update – Thank You for Your Advocacy!

State and Federal Update Quick update about this week’s Medicaid votes and Illinois special session.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook  or follow up on Twitter as well.  Senate Healthcare Repeal/Replace Voted Down For Now Illinois Special Session *Mark your calendar for Sept 6 Executive Forum in Lisle!  Registration is open for the... 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 »