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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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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 »

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Capitol Insider Recent Major Events Autism/Health – Senate Passes Autism CARES Act Late on July 31, the Senate unanimously passed “Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014” or the “Autism CARES Act” (S. 2449), sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike... Read more »

Arc and 1115 Waiver Update

The Long Term Services & Supports Work Group (LTSS) held its kickoff meeting on July 15th. About 280 people have signed up to be a part of this workgroup! Co-Chairs for this workgroup are Dr. Lorrie Jones and Grace Hou. This meeting was to set up the ground rules and to develop a common... Read more »

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Still a lot of catching up to do! Yesterday’s meeting on the 1115 Waiver Long Term Services Subcommittee was packed full of new information. I will share with you my perspectives later today. While I was out the Supreme Court ruled on Harris v Quinn and we are reviewing this decision and will ask... Read more »

Arc and Governor Quinn signs bullying legislation

Congratulations to our very own FSN/Arc Ligas Family Advocate, Kimberly Johnson- Evans and Phil Milsk! They worked very hard on this bill. Kimberly is standing in the back as Governor Quinn signs the Bullying bill, Kimberly testified for the bill in both the House and Senate! CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Thursday... Read more »

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Capitol Insider For the week of June 23rd Major Events Last Week Social Security – Senate Finance Committee Approves Nominees to the Social Security Advisory Board Last week the Senate Committee on Finance approved three nominees to the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB): Doctors Henry Aaron, Lanhee Chen, and Alan Cohen. Dr. Aaron was... Read more »