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 »

Federal Update/Action

Happy Fourth of July!  As we head off to celebrate Independence Day, we hope that everyone will take this week to speak up to legislators.  Call, email, social media or stop by their local offices. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENCE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ON THIS JULY 4! Background... Read more »

Judge Rules State Has to Make Substantial Payments on Medicaid Backlog

Thanks so much to the member organizations and Arc board and staff members who joined the Executive Forum discussion yesterday!  I was so excited to meet some of the leaders whom I had not yet been introduced.  I look forward to seeing the Arc organizational chapters and partners on my tour this summer. Just in... 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 »

Medicaid Cut/Healthcare Vote Today- Call, Tweet, Email!

As you might have seen, the House Republicans are calling the AHCA today with a new amendment that adds an additional $8 billion for high risk pools and has gotten a couple of of moderates on board as a result.  The bill still would cut more than $800 billion in Medicaid, which would mean huge... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update

Reminder! Join us for the Arc of Illinois’ Annual Convention April 26-27, Hilton Hotel in Lisle Now more than ever, it is critical to join with other advocates, families and providers to connect, network and voice the importance of community living! Thank you to the presenting sponsor – Uber. For self-advocates and families, there is... Read more »

Vote Today:  Call Congress to Stop Medicaid Cuts and Health Care Repeal

Vote Today: Call Congress Today to Stop Medicaid Cuts and Health Care Repeal People’s health, services and lives are at stake! Congress is rushing to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act and to partially pay for it by capping the federal payment and making drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. The level of cuts... Read more »