Arc Legislation

An Arc initiative, House Bill 2512, Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force, Chief Sponsor Rep Michael Zalewski. When people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities get caught in the criminal justice system, the consequences can be quite severe and lifelong. We see this as the beginning of an... Read more »

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Capitol Insider Major Events Last Week Family Support – Older Americans Act Reauthorization Introduced in Senate; Expands Eligibility for Family Support Services The Senate reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (S. 192) was introduced on January 20 by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA),... Read more »

Arc and The Costs of a Shared Sacrifice

Phil Kadner of the Southtown Star tells it like it is in a dynament commentary. The Arc is quoted. Heading to Chicago today to say good bye to Secretary Saddler. Too many good byes recently. Tony Kadner: The costs of a ‘shared sacrifice’ Updated: January 16, 2015 2:10AM Cutting the fat out of the state budget... Read more »

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Meeting with the Care Campaign today to discuss strategies to increase wages for direct support staff, then on to Chicago to celebrate Governor Quinn’s birthday! Tony Capitol Insider Note: As Capitol Insider goes to press, Congress is working to wrap up the 113th Congress. Several critical measures, including the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)... Read more »

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Capitol Insider  Major Recent Events Tax Policy – ABLE Act passes House of Representatives twice On December 3, the House passed H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act), by a vote of 404 to 17. The ABLE Act would change the tax code to allow for tax advantaged savings accounts... Read more »

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Capitol Insider Recent Major Events Education – Higher Education Bill Introduced in Senate Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has introduced the Higher Education Affordability Act (S. 2954), a bill to reauthorize and improve the Higher Education Act (HEA).  The bill seeks to improve affordability and accountability in the nation’s colleges and universities and includes a... Read more »

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Capitol Insider Major Events Last Week Medicaid/Medicare – Updates to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Website Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced several changes to the Medicaid.gov website including a new home page with quick links including federal policy guidance and other new technical assistance... Read more »

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Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider for the week of September 15, 2014 Recent Major Events Education – The IDEA Fairness Restoration Act Introduced in the Senate On September 10, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced S.2790, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Fairness Restoration Act.  This legislation would ensure parents who successfully challenge a school district under... Read more »