Action Alert: EMPOWER Act

Action Alert!  February 1 Call In Day! The EMPOWER Care Act Gets Individuals with Disabilities & Seniors Back Home S. 2227, the bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act introduced by Senators Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA), extends and improves the Money Follows the Person program (MFP). First authorized by President Bush in 2005 with strong bipartisan support, MFP... Read more »

Below we have a federal and state update and save the dates! FEDERAL UPDATE Tax Bill Update The Conference committee is working on merging the House and Senate tax cut bills.  Although negotiations could wrap up at any time and a vote taken, we are hearing that we might have a week to advocate and... Read more »

Federal Update and Action Alert

Capitol Insider for the week of December 4, 2017 Action Alert Tax Bill Threatens Critical Programs – Act Now Major Events Ahead Budget & Appropriations/Tax Policy – House and Senate to Negotiate Differences Between Tax Bills That Would Harm People with Disabilities The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on moving forward with... Read more »

Urgent Action Need on Tax Bill

From the Arc of the United States! Tax Bill Threatens Critical Programs – Act Now Congress is expected to vote this week on a tax bill that will place critical programs for people with disabilities at great risk! The bill will reduce federal revenues so much that Congress is all but certain to move to... Read more »

Division Pushed Back ISC Notice of Funding Opportunity to FY2020

We commend the Division on Developmental Disabilities and Director Fenton for clarifying a new timeline for the re-bidding (notice of funding opportunity- known as NOFO) of independent service coordination (ISC) agency contracts until FY2020.  The Arc has been concerned that the NOFO potentially coming out this fall would be a distraction and cause significant confusion... Read more »

Monthly Webinars

After each monthly webinar, a copy of the presentation as well as any additional resources will be posted here. Thank you! October 10th,  2017 – ABLE in Illinois: Five Questions You Need to Get Answered About ABLE with JJ Hanley, Office of the Illinois Treasurer JJ Hanley, Director for ABLE Illinois, a program of... Read more »

National Medicaid Call-In Day TODAY!

We are all exhausted, but take a sip of coffee, flex those fingers and pick up the phone, email, social media today with stories of support for Medicaid! Within the next few days we expect to see some kind of significant movement on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson healthcare bill (Graham-Cassidy bill for short). The U.S. Senate is... Read more »

Medicaid Under Attack Again!  Call Senators!

New Threats to Medicaid: Action Needed Call Our Senators Now! This summer, advocates like you worked hard to defeat a dangerous health care bill that would have included massive cuts to Medicaid. We need your help to reinforce this message once again, as new proposals are being introduced that include similar threats. Key Senators and... Read more »

Judge Rules State non-compliant in Ligas Consent Decree

I wanted to share briefly with you the great news that the Judge over seeing the Ligas Consent Decree has found the state out of compliance with the decree.  Here is the Judge’s order granting the motion to enforce the consent decree and the statement by the Plaintiff’s Counsel. From the NY Times:  The Judge... Read more »

Arc Policy/Advocacy Update 8-4-2017

State and Federal Update Quick update about this week’s Medicaid votes and Illinois special session.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook  or follow up on Twitter as well.  Federal Update – Healthcare Follow Up State Update – Schools, Retirement Announcements, Budget Implementation Join the Arc of Illinois for the following events: UNDERSTANDING... Read more »