Communications from SPW

March 9, 2015

Rauner’s Budget is Bad Medicine for State’s Health Services

Bruce V. Rauner, governor-elect of Illinois, waves to the audience during his introduction at his inauguration ceremony in Springfield, Ill., Jan. 12, 2015. As Illinois' governor, Rauner will serve as the commander in chief for the Soldiers and Airmen of the Illinois National Guard while they are not under federal activation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released) Courtesy of Wikipedia

The much-anticipated “turnaround budget” from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner feels more like a “look back,” parading out failed ideas from past years. Rauner says this budget “preserves services to the state’s most vulnerable residents”—but a quick review suggests this is far from true. Instead, we see a budget that:

• Further decimates a fragile community mental health system
• Reduces access to lifesaving drugs for people living with HIV and prevention services for those at risk of HIV
• De-funds critical substance-abuse treatments
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February 4, 2015

“Success Story” Jenny Lay-Flurrie Honored by White House

Jenny Lay-Flurrie leads an innovative technology team at Microsoft despite having been deaf almost her entire life. She was recently named one of the 2014 White House “Champions of Change.” She was recognized as “an example of someone who is not only able to accommodate her disability in the workplace, but was able to turn a disability into an asset.” Continue reading ““Success Story” Jenny Lay-Flurrie Honored by White House”

January 28, 2015

Boosting Employment for People with Disabilities

Medicare and Medicaid - The Next 50 YearsAs an individual with a disability, HDA’s Joe Entwisle has unique insights into the public and private systems that Social Security Disability Insurance supports. He recently joined a panel of experts to discuss the future of the SSDI trust fund, whose dwindling reserves threaten the social safety net.

“Supporting Work: Strategies to Boost Employment for People with Disabilities” was a roundtable organized by the National Academy for Social Insurance. Continue reading “Boosting Employment for People with Disabilities”

January 29, 2014

Does Your Cab Driver Have Health Insurance? Why Not Ask…

Yellow cab in Chicago in the rainIn his State of the Union address, President Obama called on us all to remember that citizenship “demands a sense of common purpose… an obligation to serve our communities.” He went on to challenge us on how we exercise the “spirit of citizenship.” Today I started my own personal journey towards a “spirit of citizenship” by actually engaging with people I encounter everyday on health insurance. On this cold day, I started with cab drivers.

Fortunately, I was able to tell them about a new initiative of Enroll Chicago that is targeting cab drivers. Continue reading “Does Your Cab Driver Have Health Insurance? Why Not Ask…”

October 1, 2013

ACA: More Than Just Healthcare for People With Disabilities

Home page of healthcare.gov - the marketplace is open!For people with disabilities finding a job has always been a one-two punch. It’s not just the salary and financial independence they’re looking for; they also are in greater need of health benefits than say, a nondisabled 30-year old.

October 1 marks the first day that people with disabilities can finally get both needs met. Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, many of the barriers to private health care for persons with disabilities will disappear. Americans can now shop for benefits in the new health insurance marketplace, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

For the first time ever, people with disabilities cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, denied particular services or charged more for coverage based on their health status. Continue reading “ACA: More Than Just Healthcare for People With Disabilities”