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Home Services: Determination of Need (DON) Advocacy

Save the DON: Yes on HB 972 HA 1
Ask Key Legislators to Save Home Services
As many of you know, one of the greatest crises from the state budget fight is the state’s proposal to change the DON score for home services from 29 to 37. This would cut off services to 10,000 people with disabilities in the Home Services Program and 39,000 seniors in the Community Care Program. House Amendment 1 to House Bill 972 has been filed to preserve the DON score and stop the cuts to home services. Please take action by contacting the legislators below using the easy form below. Your one email will go to all of them with one click.  http://www.capwiz.com/accessliving/issues/alert/?alertid=67484626&type=CU

Please help support House Bill 972 Amendment 1, which would preserve the DON score and prevent cuts in home services for thousands of people with disabilities.

We have an important development in the effort to preserve the Determination of Need (DON) score level at 29. Today, State Representative Greg Harris filed Amendment 1 to House Bill 972. We need advocates like you to take action to let our legislators know to support this amendment. This amendment contains language to:

  • Protect the 29 minimum DON score until an updated assessment tool (the Universal Assessment Tool or UAT) approved by the federal government is implemented
  • Ensure that the UAT does not negatively impact more than 1% of those enrolled in the Home Services Program or the Community Care Program
  • If a current consumer does not qualify for the Home Services Program or the Community Care Program when reassessed with the UAT, they have one year to remain eligible for home services, plus they must be reassessed at 11 months.
  • No individual receiving care in an institutional setting shall be involuntarily discharged as the result of the UAT until a transition plan has been developed by the Department on Aging, or its designee, and all care identified in the transition plan must be available to the resident immediately upon discharge.
  • Strikes SMART Act language on the DON score allowing the State to change the DON from 29 to 37 with federal approval.

You can click on this link to send your support of this House Bill to your legislators: http://www.capwiz.com/accessliving/issues/alert/?alertid=67480626&type=ST

You can also read more details about the bill: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/99/HB/PDF/09900HB0972ham001.pdf

Thank you to Amber Smock at Access Living for keeping all of us in the loop and up-to-date on the advocacy regarding these important issues!

ILLINOIS BUDGET CRISIS:

How might this affect ALL of us?

Families won’t be able to afford a college education because of higher tuition and fewer scholarship opportunities.

Working parents will be forced to quit their jobs because of cuts to childcare and after school programs.

Workers may not be paid their full salaries on time.

Women, children, and families will be denied services for mental health, addiction, autism, epilepsy, and breast & cervical cancer screenings.

Closed parks and historic sites mean local communities will lose tourism revenue.

Providers are already being forced to cut off families from essential services, lay off staff, and close their doors.  Lawmakers must choose revenue to STOP THE CUTS.

Tell your lawmakers to choose to stand up for Illinois by choosing revenue –not cuts to children, families, and communities– to close the budget hole.

Call your lawmaker toll free at 1-844-311-CUTS (1-844-311-2887). Tell them to choose revenue because Illinois families need a year-long, fully funded budget now.

—Responsible Budget Coalition  http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50920/p/dia/action3/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=13829

 

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