Save Affordable Health Insurance for
Individuals with Disabilities
At the federal level, action is underway to repeal and replace
the Affordable Care Act. Of concern for
people with disabilities will be the ability to retain coverage
for preexisting conditions. Congress is at
significant odds with itself on deciding what to include and how
to pay for a replacement.
Congress also continues to debate a Block Grant or per capita
cap on Medicaid reimbursements for
states. 100% of Avenues’ state funding comes through the
Medicaid program. Ranked 47th nationally in its funding
for community services, Illinois has never fully realized the
funding potential that could have improved services during the
past 30 years. Should a block grant or per capita cap be
instituted, it is highly unlikely that
Illinois would ever be able to improve its reimbursement rates
to Avenues and other community developmental disability
Finding medical, dental and other specialty care is already
quite difficult for individuals with disabilities
covered under Illinois Medicaid plan. In addition to losing
access to long-term residential, day and
employment support, the proposed cuts will force more physicians
and hospitals to reduce needed
Please reach out to your U.S. Senators and Congressional
Representative on these issues of importance for individuals
with disabilities. Tell them that individuals with
disabilities need to have preexisting conditions covered at an
affordable level and that Medicaid is an important lifeline to
fund needed long-term support services.
Important! On May 4th, the
House of Representatives voted in favor of the new American
Health Care Act (AHCA).
Older Americans and people with
pre-existing conditions will see premium increases and be placed
into high risk pools.
Coverage for maternity,
mental health, prescription and other important benefits will no
longer be mandated.
Also included in the AHCA will be
reductions in Medicaid funds to states for important long-term
The legislation now goes to the U.S.
Senate. Please contact your two Senators immediately to vote
reinstate health care and Medicaid funding for people with
Please take the time to contact your