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2017-February-27-Springfield Budget

Access Living visits Springfield for Budget Address

News piece about work in Springfield on February 15, 2017, the day of the State Budget Address.

Story Collection for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

Collecting Stories about Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

JCAR Delays Vote on Rauner OT Cuts until March

Statement in response to JCAR announcement on Governor Rauner Proposed Overtime Policy

Update and Action Alerts for Monday, February 13

A note from Amber Smock, Director of Advocacy, that lays out the week ahead, which looks to be a busy time from advocates in Illinois.

Home Services consumers testify against Governor Rauner’s Proposed Overtime Rules

Testimony from Home Services consumers against Governor Rauner’s Proposed Overtime Rules

Devos confirmation as Secretary of Education a blow to students with disabilities

Statement about Senate Confirmation of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Advocate for Disability Rights in Healthcare

Here is an update on Healthcare Threats to people with disabilities -- Affordable Care Act Repeal and Medicaid Cuts - from Access Living’s Director of Advocacy, Amber Smock.

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Rauner veto of Senate Bill 261

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Rauner veto of Senate Bill 261

Governor’s Speech Fails to Provide Answers for Looming State/Federal Crisis

JCAR Members Urged to Reject Misguided Overtime Proposal

A statement from SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, Chicago ADAPT, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Access Living in response to Governor Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address
2017-January-21-WomensMarch

Director of Independent Living speaks to crowd at Women’s March

Speech from Rahnee Patrick at January 21 Chicago Women’s March
2017-January-24-JCAR

Contact JCAR: Tell them to reject Governor Rauner’s Overtime Proposal

An action alert from SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana regarding JCAR and Overtime Policy proposed by Governor Rauner

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Advocacy National Webinar

On January 17, a number of disability groups hosted a national webinar about Medicaid and efforts the disability community is taking to fight back against the threats to Medicaid Funding, and the threat of Affordable Care Act Repeal.

A Message on the Inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly

Message from Access Living’s Advocacy Manager about Spring 2017 Illinois Legislative Session
2017-January-10-JCAR-

JCAR Votes for Delay in Rauner OT Cuts

JCAR Pause Provides New Chance to Enshrine Independence for People with Disabilities

Joint statement of Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to the breaking news that the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted unanimously to delay the adoption of Rauner administration rules to cut overtime for providers caring for people with disabilities in the Home Services Program.

Access Living response to hate crime against young man with disability

Access Living response to hate crime against young man with disability

BREAKING: Christmas Eve Surprise: Rauner Administration Withholds OT Policy from Public to Avoid Scrutiny as Effort to Cut Care Continues;

Controversial Move Rammed through Administrative Process Without Stakeholders

A joint statement from Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to the breaking news that the Department of Human Services submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules ("JCAR") its controversial new policy to cut home healthcare for people with disabilities before the close of business ahead of the Christmas holiday in a move that excluded stakeholders:

Access Living will discontinue Long Term Care Ombudsman Services

After December 31, 2016, Access Living will no longer run the Home and Community Ombudsman Program

Office Closure

The Access Living office will be closed from December 23 through January 2, 2017

Disability advocacy during
Fall Illinois Veto Session

During the 2016 Fall Veto Session, Access Living made two trips to Springfield to advocate for legislation that will support the disability community
2016-December-16-Harris-

After long wait, Access Living advocate one step closer to community services

Story about Curtis Harris, and his efforts to secure community services
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