The Arc of Illinois:  Medicaid Issues Webinar 2 and Materials

MEDICAID UPDATE Thanks to all those who were able to join us on the Medicaid and Issues with Sherri Schneider webinar today.  We apologize again for not being able to accommodate everyone who registered. HOT OFF THE PRESS -Sherri shared on the webinar: 1) Effective 3/30/18 – If the computer system that used to automatically... Read more »

Arc Action Alert!  Protect Access to SNAP Benefits

Disability Activist Alert Tell the USDA: Don’t Cut Off Our Food Assistance! Action needed by Monday, April 9, 2018 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is collecting comments on whether it should make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will lead to people losing food and nutrition assistance. Roughly 1 in 4... Read more »

The Arc Update

March is Developmental Disabilities Month!  How are you celebrating? Please share with the Arc how you are spreading the word.  Check out Trinity’s efforts to raise awareness and build connections through their open house March 12. Here are some ideas: 1) Share your stories on social media about IDD! #DDawareness18, Check out the NACDD Guide... Read more »

The Arc: Director Fenton Retirement

Today the Division on Developmental Disabilities Director, Greg Fenton, announced that he will be retiring May 31, 2018.  Director Fenton has been a great friend to the Arc and people with disabilities and families across Illinois.  He has been incredibly accessible to families throughout the years especially at Arc Conventions and Speak Up Speak Out... Read more »

Update on Illinois Medicaid Issues – New Question and Answer Doc

Medicaid Issues Continued: As previously shared, when HFS rolled over to new software a few months ago, individual and families have faced significant Medicaid issues.  We want to share with you a new Medicaid Q&A that tries to answer some of the main questions people are facing related to barriers in accessing Medicaid.  We know... Read more »

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 »

FY19 Governor’s Proposed Budget 

Below is the summary of the FY19 Budget Proposal.  We will update, correct and clarify this list after the Governor’s speech at noon and the Departmental briefings following the speech.  Below are some of the topline issues impacting people with disabilities that were outlined in the summary. Here is the FY19 summary of the Governor’s... Read more »

Sneak Peak at FY19 Governor’s Proposed Budget

As usual the FY19 Proposed Budget Summary leaked this morning.  I outlined some of the topline issues.  I am headed down to listen to the budget address and the department’s detailed presentations.  If you have any specific line items not listened below, let me know and I can ask about them.  More to follow later... Read more »

President Trump Releases Budget Proposal and HR 620

The Arc is in Springfield today to listen to the Governor’s Budget Address – More on that soon! Stop HR 620  It looks like the House might call HR 620 tomorrow, Thursday so we need to keep up the calls, email and social media.  Remember HR 620 would water down the ADA and set up... Read more »