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New Protect Our Care Illinois Hotline

An Action Alert from Access Living’s Director of Program about a new Hotline from Protect Our Care Illinois, and most recent efforts to defend healthcare and Medicaid.

AHCA Bill Fails in House

Message from Director of Advocacy about American Health Care Act.
2017-March-20-Aziza-Jimmy

Medicaid supports a gateway to independence for Jimmy Yarbrough

Story by Mike Ervin

Story about Jimmy Yarbrough and the key role Medicaid plays in his independence
2017-March-20-Nora-Marty

Medicaid is a key to family supports for Nora and her brother Marty

Story by Mike Ervin

Story about Nora Fox and her brother Marty, the key role Medicaid plays in supporting the family.
2017-March-16-Medicaid

Back in the Saddle - Medicaid gives John Abbate second chance at independence

By Mike Ervin

Medicaid piece about John Abbate
2017-March-14-Vincent Smith

Partisan JCAR Vote Approves Dangerous DHS Overtime Policy Despite Outcry from Stakeholders

Statement following the vote of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to approve Governor Rauner’s Overtime Guidelines for the Home Services Program

#SaveMedicaid

National efforts to fight back against Affordable Care Act Repeal, Per Capita Caps, and Block Grants

National efforts to fight back against Affordable Care Act Repeal, Per Capita Caps, and Block Grants
2017-March-14-Gloria Nichols

Medicaid paves way to independence for Gloria Nichols

By Mike Ervin

Story about Gloria Nichols and the critical role that Medicaid plays in her independence

Complaint filed against CPS for failure to make school accessible or provide accommodations

Complaint filed in Federal Court against CPS over failure to provide accommodations

Update on Advocacy and Policy-- March 10

Update from Director of Advocacy on National Policy issues

AHCA: Olmstead rights under attack!

Tell Congress to protect Medicaid!

Action alert in response to introduction of American Health Care Act, which would undermine home and community based services covered by Medicaid.

Keep Medicaid strong, efficient and innovative

This is an Opinion piece about Medicaid from John Abbate, a disability advocate. In the piece, John warns of the threat of Medicaid Block Grants in Illinois
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

Disability Power for Community Integration National Webinar

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Advocacy

Information from a Medicaid and ACA Repeal Webinar hosted on February 17.

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.
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