From The Alton Daily News:
Senate Committee Looks at Loopholes
By Nick Gale, 4/5/13
Rockford, IL– On April 3, Citizen Action/IL and IARA stood with local seniors at a press conference to demand Congress lift the prohibition on Medicare price negotiations. The press event was held at the historic Booker Washington Community Center in Rockford Illinois. The groups announced their support for Senator Rockefeller's legislation to allow negotiations, which could save Illinois close to $3 Billion over ten years. Also, they committed to keep the pressure on Congressional members in the area.
Labor Advocates Hold Hearing To Address Part-Time Workers' Economic Struggles
by Ellyn Fortino
Tuesday March 26th, 2013
Citizens Tell Senator Kirk: Stand Up for IL Families, Support Balanced Resolution to Budget Sequester
[Springfield, IL] – On Thursday, February 21, Citizen Action/Illinois joined with the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois AFL-CIO, the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, NAACP and Action NOW for a press conference outside the Springfield office of Senator Mark Kirk. Speakers highlighted the impact of $85 billion in across-the-board program cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 if Congress doesn’t resolve the debate over the budget sequester.
Support SB26: A New Medicaid Opportunity for Illinois
SB26 would allow for 342,000 low-income adults in Illinois to be newly eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid over the next four years. Coverage for those who enroll would start on Jan 1, 2014. Enrollment starts Oct 2013.
SB26 includes language that would cease coverage for this new population if the federal government’s share of Medicaid matching funds drops below 90%. The federal government pays 100% of the costs of the newly eligible from 2014 through 2016.