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 »

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 »