Action Alert on the Determination of Need Score

Dear Access Living friends and allies,

As Springfield continues to remain divided along party lines over the budget, we at Access Living urge you not to forget that House Bill (HB) 2482 remains on the Governor’s desk. HB 2482 is the bill that would preserve the Determination of Need (DON) score at 29, instead of changing it to 37. As you will know by now, if the DON is changed to 37, 10,000 people with disabilities and 24,000 seniors would lose home services.

As we have emphasized many times before, people with scores under 37 are still people in significant need of help. These include people who may only have the use of one hand or foot due to stroke or amputation. It includes people who have issues with wound care or dialysis. It includes many, many people who live in subsidized housing and who, if they cannot clean and maintain their homes, could fail housing inspection and face eviction. It is a very serious matter of life or death for many of these people to have their home services taken away.

We in Illinois should be in the business of community investment and engagement, but in fact so many disability services are being held hostage to the budget crisis. Although court orders are supposed to ensure that payment for a variety of programs go through, what we really need is an actual budget that makes sure that programs like home services are safe and functioning.

We urge you today to contact Governor Rauner to sign HB 2482 in at least one of three ways (you can do more than one):

1) Go to this link and write the Governor a letter urging him to sign HB 2482 to save home services for people with disabilities and seniors.

2) Call the Governor in Chicago at 312-814-2121 or Springfield at 217-782-0244. His staff will pick up the phone. Please tell them that you are calling to urge the Governor to sign HB 2482 to save home services for people with disabilities and seniors.

3) Use this easy link to send a fast email to the Governor’s staff working on constituent affairs, to urge that the Governor sign HB 2482.

Let’s go Illinois!

Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living