BREAKING NEWS UPDATE (6/23/15): Illinois House Committee hosts hearing on proposed DON score change for the Community Care Program. AARP Illinois issued this release in regards to the hearing.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE (6/3/15): Governor Rauner files emergency rules to create a means test for the Community Care Program. AARP Illinois issued this statement in response to the filing.
Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Community Care Program could leave thousands of older Illinoisans without the care they need to age independently and with dignity in their own homes. Fully funding the CCP program is a fiscally responsible budget plan that will save the state millions in unneeded Medicaid nursing home costs.
It's going to take a Herculean effort to save the program and that's why we've put together this toolbox that you can utilize as you join with us and make your voice heard.
1. SHARE your story. This is the most powerful thing that you can do. Let your voice be heard. Upload your photo, video, or written story to our portal. We will be sharing these stories with legislators and the media.
2. CALL your State Representative using the AARP Illinois Community Care Hotline 1-844-226-1190. Tell him or her to protect older Illinoisans from drastic budget cuts!
3. POST this infographic (.jpg) (.pdf) on your own blogs, websites, and Social Media sites and share it with your elected officials.
4. VISIT SaveCommunityCare.Org to send an e-mail to your legislators. Be sure to tell your friends about it too!
5. If you want more in depth information about the proposed cuts to the Community Care Program, we've got talking points.
6. Like numbers? We've got an analysis by service area and by county that estimates the number of clients who may be impacted by the proposed changes to the Community Care Program when the clients are reassessed for services. The analysis is broken down by county clusters (i.e. what the Illinois Department on Aging calls "Planning and Service Areas" or PSAs) and by individual county.
- Home Care Program for Seniors Facing Cuts (WSIL-TV)
- Alton Rally Coverage (Alton Telegraph)
- CCP Press Conference -Featuring Rep. Harris (AltonDailyNews.Com)
- Aging Care Connections Opposes Governor's Proposed Aging Budget (Chicago Tribune)
- Don't let Rauner Cut [CCP] (Belleville News Democrat)
- Protect Our Most Vulnerable (Belleville News Democrat)
- Don't Set Off Domino Effect (Belleville News Democrat)
- Cutting CCP Funding Would Be Crippling (O'Fallon Progress)
- Letter to the Editor (Greenville Advocate)
- Letter to the Editor (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- AARP Criticizes Governor's Budget Plan (WUIS)
- Rauner Plan Shrinking In-Home Care Could Increase State's Costs (Springfield State Journal-Register)
- AARP Argues Against Rauner Budget Initiatives (WICS - Springfield)
- Rauner Plans to Restrict Senior Home Care (WCBU - Peoria)
- Illinois Community Care Program Eligibility Levels May Be Raised (WNIJ - DeKalb)
- Most Vulnerable Citizens Affected by State Cuts, Advocates Say (Sun Times - Chicago)
- Senior Citizens May Lose Benefits if no Budget Deal is Reached by Next Month (WJBC - Bloomington)
- Rauner Plan Shrinking In-Home Care Could Increase State's Costs (Lincoln Courier)
- Dem's Fire Back at Governor Rauner (WAND - Springfield)
- Lawmakers Discuss Illinois Budget (WREX - Rockford)
- Governor Rauner Proposes Increase to State DON Score (WICS - Springfield)
- Illinois Senior Aid Program May Change (Quad City Times)
- Senior Aid Program May Change (Southern Illinoisan)
- Limits to Senior Aid Program Moving Forward (Bloomington Pantagraph)
- Rauner Moves to Tighten Eligibility for In-Home Senior Visits (Decatur Herald and Review)
- Senior Advocates Decry Proposed State Budget Cuts (AdvantageNews.com - Alton)
- Senators Hear Seniors, Disabled, Advocates on Budget Cut Concerns (Chicago Sun Times)
- Budget Sniping Shifts to Spending on Seniors (Bloomington Pantagraph)