Wednesday Webinar – NEW Time This Week – 2:30 pm!

Join Us Tomorrow from 2:30 – 3pm to hear Director Rahnee Patrick from the Division of Rehabilitation Services to hear how DRS is adjusting during covid.  Register here.

If you have a question for Director Patrick, please submit it here.

Survey Still Open!  The Arc of Illinois wants to hear from you about the experience people and families are having during this unprecedented times.  This is a very brief survey but it will help us in our advocacy going forward.

Major Events Ahead

Fourth Coronavirus Package Under Development

Congressional leaders continue work on another COVID-19 package that could be voted on this month. House Democrats are expected to release a package soon that will provide funding for state and local governments to address revenue shortfalls. It is also expected to include an additional round of direct payments and more funding for Medicaid, nutritional benefits, and unemployment insurance. The Arc’s priorities for that measure are:

  • Grants to support access to home and community-based services (to minimize the risk of people with disabilities being forced into institutions) and to support the direct support professional (DSP) workforce
  • Personal protective equipment for DSPs
  • Paid leave and sick days for family caregivers of adults with disabilities
  • Economic impact payments for all people with disabilities, including adult dependents

See action alerts above.

Major Recent Events

Housing: Emergency Rental Assistance Bill Announced

On May 8, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) announced the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020. The bill provides $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help keep the lowest-income renters stably housed during the COVID-19 crisis. The Arc supports this legislation.

Announcements

IRS Announces Economic Impact Payments Deceased Individuals Should Be Returned On May 6, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that deceased individuals are not eligible for economic impact payments authorized in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The IRS states: “A Payment made to someone who died before receipt of the Payment should be returned to the IRS by following the instructions in the Q&A about repayments. This is not consistent with IRS practice regarding previous stimulus payments. Read The Arc’s updated fact sheet on economic impact payments.