Arc Testimony to Senate on DHS Budget

Last night I gave testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee. The oral testimony is always a shortened version of the written testimony which is here for your review. I used my limited two minute time to highlight the importance of the Governor’s Rebalancing Initiative and the positive impact it is having on the Developmental... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Heading to the Capitol today for Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Dept of Human Services Budget. The Arc supports the Governor’s Proposed Budget. Amazing breakfast meeting the the Chicago Community Trust and business leaders on Employment First. More on the later. Tony Capitol Insider Week of April 28, 2014 Major Events This Week Tax... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider Week of April 21st Announcements Health Care – Over 8 Million Americans Enrolled in Private Health Insurance Through the Marketplaces The Obama Administration estimates that over 8 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance through the marketplaces, surpassing the target goal of 7 million. Information is not yet available on whether or... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Today, I head to Joliet to meet with advocates about The Arc. Tomorrow, I head to Evanston to meet with the House Human Services Chairperson Rep Gable. On Friday, it’s Chicago to meeting with Senate Appropriations Chairperson Steans. Both of these meetings will cover budget, wage and rebalancing issues. Tony Capitol Insider Major Events... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Let me know if you are going to be at the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington D.C. next week. Tony CAPITOL INSIDER For the week of April 1, 2014 Major Events This Week Health Care – Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period Closing Today March 31st marks the closing of the open enrollment period... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Heading to the Capitol early this morning which promises to be one of our largest rally’s in the Capitol ever! We then get down to the business of the state budget and believe me this is going to be a very political year focusing on the November elections. Check out our Facebook page for... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

CAPITOL INSIDER Major Events Last Week Budget & Appropriations – President’s Detailed FY 2015 Budget Request Released On March 11, the Obama Administration released its detailed proposed funding amounts for FY 2015.  This follows the Administration’s release of the overall FY 2015 budget request a week earlier.  Visit The Arc’s website to see a... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider Action Alerts Don’t Cut SSDI to Pay for Unemployment Insurance! Major Events Last Week Education – New Legislation Introduced to Protect Children From Abuse Senate Bill 2054, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2014, was introduced by Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) as... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Action Alerts Don’t Cut SSDI to Pay for Unemployment Insurance! Action Alert – Oppose Language from CMS That Will Restrict Access to Important Medications for People with Disabilities Major Events Last Week Social Security – House Holds Hearing on Preventing Fraud in SSDI Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Social Security... Read more »

Arc Update on Executive Forum

We had a full agenda with presentations on the 1115 Waiver, Autism NOW and Tony’s monthly report to our chapters at the monthly meeting of the Executive Forum yesterday. Shane Spotts, Senior Consultant with Health Management Associates and consultant to the Administration on the 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver, walked us through the highlights the... Read more »