Arc Capitol Insider

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 »

Arc Capitol Insider

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 »

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Governor Quinn signed legislation restoring dental and poditary services yesterday as recently reported by The Arc last week. Shirley and I are off to the Capitol. Tony Capitol Insider For the week of June 16th Major Events Last Week Autism – Senate Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Combating Autism Act; Committee Advances House Bill On... Read more »

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Capitol Insider for the week of June 9, 2014 Action Alert  Ask Congress to Support Bill to Prevent Dangerous Restraint and Seclusion  Major Events Ahead Autism – House Committee to Take Up the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Today The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin consideration of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Today.  The... Read more »

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Capitol Insider For the week of May 27th Major Events Today Justice – Supreme Court Reaffirms Atkins v. Virginia Decision Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Freddie Lee Hall in the case Hall v. Florida, a death penalty case concerning the definition of intellectual disability (ID) that Florida uses in... Read more »

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Amie Lulinski is taking a position on The Arc of the United States Public Policy Office in Washington D.C.! We congratulate Amie on this important appointment and look forward to working with her in our National Office. Well done Amie! Amie also serves on The Arc of Illinois Board of Directors as Secretary. On... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

We are heading into the final weeks of the legsialtive session with a proposed state budget that is supported by The Arc. It remains to be seen if the needed revenue for this budget wil be voted upon before the end of the Legislative Session on May 31st. Your legislators need to hear from... Read more »