Witness Slips to Support DSP Wages!  For Thursday!

The Senate continues to negotiate a grand bargain and we have heard they are proposing a $.50 increase in wages.  That doesn’t come close to the $15 that is in SB955 and what is needed to address the workforce crisis and ensure people have access to the workers and the services they need in the... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update Craziness continues at the state and federal level, which means we need to keep flexing our advocacy muscles! ACTIONS NEEDED THIS WEEK (more detail below): 1) Social Media: Use the #GoingHomeIL Wednesday 2) Call your IL House Member to support SB955, the direct support worker wage bill. 3) Call... Read more »

CMS Extends Transition Period for  Compliance with HCBS Settings

Just released this morning is a new CMS guidance to states about the transition period for states and organizations to fully comply with the new home and community based services settings criteria.  CMS will be extending the timeline for the settings to come into compliance with the HCBS rule. This new guidance does NOT change... Read more »

Arc Update 

Below are some highlights from the week! AHCA Passes in the House: 7 Republicans Voted Yes; 11 Democrats Voted No Ligas Consent Decree – State Asks for More Time to Respond Arc Leaders meet with HFS Regarding the Medicaid Managed Care Request for Proposals Arc Leaders meet with Deputy Governor Munger Arc Leaders Testify Against... Read more »

Action Needed on Medicaid!

Stop Cuts to Medicaid and the ACA!  Call Today! Even if you are in a district where the legislator is supportive of Medicaid – Call to thank them and share your story and call the Governor to ask him to advocate for Illinoisans. Senior officials in the Trump Administration have announced that the House of... Read more »

Medicaid & They Deserve More!

Happy Friday! The Arc of Illinois Convention A HUGE Thank You to the more than 300 Arc members, leaders and advocates who attended The Arc of Illinois Annual Convention this week in Lisle.  Thanks also to the sponsors and vendors for sharing great information and connections.  I also want to thank the Convention Committee, Volunteers,... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update Registration is still open for The Arc of Illinois Convention next week!  Learn, connect, advocate! The Going Home Coalition’s May 24 press conference and rally registration is available.  Check it out and join us in Springfield on May 24! Highlights in this update include: PUNS Waiting List – 900... Read more »

Keep Up The Advocacy!

From The Arc of the United States: Harmful Health Care Bill is Coming Back – Act Now! Thank you for calling, emailing, visiting, and sharing your stories with your Members of Congress and about the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. Because of your hard work, the House of Representatives has once... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update MEDICAID ACTION ALERT: Hopefully you already saw the action alert that went out this morning around the two week recess for Congress – to call, email, attend town halls, stop by your legislators district offices and get on social media for #WeActWednesdays.  Here is an updated link to the script... Read more »

Take Action for Medicaid

UPDATE ON AHCA/MEDICAID CUTS Thank you for all your advocacy the last few weeks around the American Health Care Act, which would have capped Medicaid and cut critical protections around pre-existing conditions.  Unfortunately the House of Representatives has brought it back up for negotiation.  They could not reach consensus before the Easter/Passover recess.  They did... Read more »