Trump Budget Blueprint Released

An action alert will come out later today to keep fighting to protect Medicaid and critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act that would be cut through the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is being heard this week in the House Budget Committee.  It is expected that the full House will vote next week... Read more »

Action Alert!  Support Effort to Bring Community First Choice to Illinois

Support SB 84, which with amendments would create a Task Force to look at how Illinois can adopt the Community First Choice option for individuals with disabilities.  Community First Choice allows States to provide home and community-based attendant services and supports to eligible Medicaid enrollees under their State Plan. This State plan option was established under... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update, March 10, 2017

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update It has been a wild week in Congress as the bill to pull back Obama era education regulation including for students with disabilities moves out of the Senate and to the President to sign and the House Republican healthcare bill moves out of two committees with only minor changes.... Read more »

House Releases Healthcare Replacement Bill

Here is a summary of the new healthcare repeal/replace bill in the House from the Energy and Commerce Committee.  You will see per capita caps on Medicaid and much more in this summary. Please call your House members today! ACTION ALERT: Call Now to Stop Medicaid Cuts and Health Care Repeal – Congress Is Moving... Read more »

Action in Springfield and DC This Week!

There is too much going on this week in Springfield and in DC to wait for a Friday newsletter!  This email contains information about the Senate grand bargain potential vote this week, Governor Rauner’s Medicaid Managed Care changes, Action Alert on SB955 and Trump’s speech before Congress tonight. Senate Grand Bargain Votes Expected This Week... Read more »

Action Alert:  Support Higher Wages for Workers! 

Please take action today to ensure that individuals and families can have access to a high quality workers and workers can have fair wages that reflect the importance of the work they do!  With much discussion of budgets and revenue packages this week, it is critical for our voices to be heard around the need... Read more »

Friday Arc of Illinois Update

Happy Friday!  This week included a productive meeting with Senator Steans yesterday to advocate on our legislative and budget issues and continued meetings with Arc chapters.  Below is the state and federal update as well as upcoming trainings and resources: STATE Senate Compromise? Next week we will be watching the Senate to see whether the... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update

Governor Rauner’s Budget Proposal Update II As we reported, the Governor gave his budget address on Wednesday.  Below are some of the issues we have seen in reviewing the proposed budget .  The Governor’s address helped to highlight areas where he wants to see in order to support a possible Senate compromise bill.  The proposed... Read more »

The Arc and Governor Rauner’s State Budget Address

Today, the Governor introduced his third state budget. Here are some highlights from the Department of Human Services budget, which begins on page 309 of the 571 page book. Fiscal year 2017 funding allows DHS to continue to transition individuals to community settings from State Operated Mental Health Facilities and State Operated Developmental Centers. The... Read more »

A Special Message from Tony Paulauski

Yesterday was my last day at The Arc of Illinois. What an honor this has been for me. The Arc has enabled me to work with the best advocates across this great country and in Illinois. The Arc has allowed me to get to know you and advance our mission here in Illinois. Your faith... Read more »