Illinois

159,714 Illinoisians with disabilities are at risk of losing the services that enable them to live and participate in their community.
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Illinois stands to lose $24 billion in federal funding for Medicaid  through the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA).  Medicaid provides 482,522 people with disabilities in Illinois with access to critical care that helps them live independently. AHCA cuts Medicaid funding by imposing a “per capita cap” on Medicaid, with the capped amounts growing every year. 159,714 Illinoisans with disabilities are at risk of losing coverage.

If you care about people with disabilities – if you or someone you love is supported by Medicaid, please take action NOW

You matter, your story about Medicaid is critical, and your call makes a difference. 

Thank Senator Duckworth and Senator Durbin for their championship for people with disabilities and  ask them to continue to stand strong against the AHCA. Encourage Governor Rauner to commit to sending a loud message that the Medicaid per capita caps are unacceptable.

Call the main Capitol line at: (202) 224-3121 (You’ll be directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard who can direct you to both of your senators.)

Share this with your family, friends, and community – particularly in target states – and ask them to join you in action.

Please, whether you’re a lifelong activist or haven’t voted in years – take five minutes today to help defend essential services for people with disabilities.

What to Say

Illinois will be uniquely, dramatically, and negatively affected by the AHCA. Your representatives could hold the key to defeating it. The AHCA will cost the State of Illinois$50,000,ooo,000. Swaying your representatives to oppose AHCA is crucial, please contact them and encourage your friends and family to join you.

Your Representatives

 524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
 
Josie Villanueva
Legislative Assistant
202-224-2854 
 
 711 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
 
Jessica McNiece
Legislative Assistant
202-224-2152
 
Max Kanner
Legislative Assistant
202-224-2152
 
Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
(312)-814-2121
 
 
 
Key messages:
  • Do NOT support the American Health Care Act.  
  • Do NOT allow Medicaid to be gutted.  Per Capita Caps would decimate the program on which people with disabilities and seniors rely for critical healthcare and community services.  
  • Do NOT allow states to opt out of requiring health plans to cover basic health care and keep it affordable for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities.

Learn More About Medicaid in Illinois and the Potential Impact of the AHCA: 

Illinois Harmed By Medicaid Caps (Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NHeLP)

Medicaid In Illinois (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Defending Health Care in 2017: What is at Stake for Illinois (Families USA)

Medicaid Facts (Children’s Hospital Association)

House Republican Health Plan Would Shift $24 Billion in Medicaid Costs to Illinois (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Reports on State Impact:

State Medicaid Financing Fact Sheet (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

The Impact of Medicaid Cuts on People with Disabilities: State-by-State Breakdown (Center for American Progress)

State Variation in Medicaid Per Enrollee Spending for Seniors and People with Disabilities  (Kaiser Family Foundation)

The Impact of Per Capita Caps on Federal and State Medicaid Spending (Urban Institute)

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