Federal and State Policy Updates

State and Federal Update Here are some of the highlights and calls to action for this week.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook as well.  Illinois Special Session Senate Releases Bill – Bigger Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Comment on the Adult Services Waiver Upcoming Events Illinois Special Session We are wrapping up... Read more »

Help the Arc’s Strategic Road Map!  

Happy Monday!  The Arc of Illinois is creating a new strategic road map for growth.  We need your voice to help direct both the Arc’s work and the Executive Forum’s direction.  Please take few minutes to provide us with feedback. Click here for the brief survey. Please save the date Sept 6 for our next... Read more »

Happy Anniversary Olmstead! Protect Medicaid Now!

Happy 18th Anniversary to the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision – June 22, 1999.  This decision which stated that individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the least restricted setting possible has allowed for many states to shift away from larger institutional settings and provide many more options for people to live, work and... Read more »

The Arc Weekly News

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update Here are some of the highlights and calls to action for this week.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook as well.  Illinois Special Session Illinois Medicaid Managed Care – Delay in Announcing Awardees Senate Secrecy Problem on Healthcare – Medicaid Action Needed Resources Upcoming Events ... Read more »

June 6 – Medicaid Day of Action

Join The Arc June 6 For Medicaid Day of Advocacy We are hearing that the Senate might consider a revised version of the American Health Care Act, which will CUT AND CAP MEDICAID by more than $800 million before the August Recess.  This means we need to keep up the pressure, stories, social media and... Read more »

Don’t Cut Our Care Rally – Save the Date

Another exciting week in Illinois!  Thanks to Michael Ganz and the Arc of the Quad Cities for hosting me today.  I am headed to Rockford tomorrow to meet with new board member, Kate Nelson, and Amy Newell from the Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogles Counties. Tomorrow is the last official day of session –... Read more »

Support Community Living Today!

Today, 300 advocates are coming to the Capitol to speak up for community living, rebalancing the I/DD service system and supporting investment into the service system including increasing wages. Even if you can’t be in Springfield today, you can still support! 1) Share what community living means to you and your family on Facebook, Twitter... Read more »

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 »