The Arc of Illinois Update – 2020 Legislative Ideas Survey

We Need to Hear from YOU for the Arc’s 2020 State Legislative Agenda! Please fill out this very brief survey, telling us what the biggest concerns are for you, your family and your community organizations that should be addressed in this next legislative session. We are looking for the most critical issues as well as... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

As many of you have heard, Marca Bristo, CEO of Access Living passed this weekend. We at the Arcre-double our commitment to follow Marca’s leadership and example to keep fighting so that all people with disabilities will be directors of their own lives and full participants in all communities. We stand together to work for... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

I want to thank IARF for a great conference this week. Krescene Beck from the Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance, Robby Stevens, self advocate and Anne Taylor from Marcfirst and I were able to present to more than 75 people about engaging people with disabilities and families in advocacy. At 11 am today, we are holding... Read more »

The Chicago Lighthouse Event

The Arc of Illinois is proud to support The Chicago Lighthouse’s upcoming event, Center Stage for Access and Inclusion, which will be held at Navy Pier on September 14 from 11-2pm. This free spectacular summer concert will feature the city’s most talented performers with and without disabilities in music, comedy, dancing, magic, and more. Special... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

As we have been sharing over the past few weeks, there will be a change October 1 regarding Medicaid’s ability to reimburse doctors who are not currently enrolled as Medicaid physicians. Below, we have tried to simplify the issue and outline who will be affected. Please note, we are the last state in the nation... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Medicaid Secondary Payer Concerns During our meeting a few weeks ago with Doug Elwell, Illinois Medicaid Administrator, about the following issue and here is his suggestion about next steps: Effective October 1, 2019, IL Medicaid will begin to follow the federal regulation that states that IL Medicaid will only pay for prescriptions written by an... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

New: Supported Employment Webinar– Speak Up to Get the Job You Want Sept 6 at 11 am This will be a modified webinar version of a presentation we have been doing with DDD and DRS staff around the state. The goal of the training is to engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update – DD Director Announced

This week, I am at the HCBS Conference in Baltimore this week, hearing from federal officials about systems change related to home and community based services, waivers, settings rules, EVV and much more. More to follow on updates! New DD Director! The Arc of Illinois was so excited see that Allison Stark will be joining... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Registration for Living with Autism 2019 Conference, Health Care Seminar, SEAT trainings – two dates left, The Alliance Fall 2019 Regional Training, and other upcoming events:https://www.thearcofil.org/events/ Arc Leaders Meet with Sec Hou On Friday Arc leaders, Sue O’Conner, John Porter, Lore Baker, Linda Tortorelli, Meg Cooch, Katherine Hamann, and Nafia Khan met with Sec Hou and... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Happy August! This is a great opportunity to connect with your federal and state elected officials. Check https://townhallproject.com/ to find town halls and other public events where you might be able to see your Representative or one of your Senators. 3.5% rate increase update A group of They Deserve More members met on Wednesday with... Read more »