The original homepage stated “HDA seeks to assure that low-income adults, children and adults with disabilities lead secure and dignified lives. HDA advocates for policies that promote economic security and provide health coverage.”
The SSI Coalition researched and developed “the MAP,” an outline of Illinois medical programs with a blueprint for action.
HDA provided training and clarification on the choices and restrictions facing seniors as a result of the Medicare Modernization act, and advocated for Illinois’ pharmacy assistance program.
This federal class action lawsuit on behalf of 600,000 Cook County children receiving Medicaid led to major improvements in the delivery of health care services to children in low-income families.
A state-run program in Illinois, AllKids provides comprehensive healthcare benefits for children in lower-income households, the first state plan to hold forth the promise of universal health care coverage for children.
The partnership works with Chicago’s leading children’s hospitals and clinics to provide free legal assistance to vulnerable families and children so they can access public benefits and education.
HDA created a library of public benefits resource materials for providers and consumers designed to help individuals better access health care and public benefits programs.
The project reached out to Chicago’s homeless and mentally ill, connecting homeless adults with SSI benefits.
HDA’s analysis of services available for people with disabilities in Illinois was used to inform grantmaking by the Persons with Disabilities Fund at the Chicago Community Trust.
HDA evaluated the resources that were available to military service members, returning veterans, and their families to identify the gaps in existing services and groups that are systemically underserved.
HDA spearheaded this $11 million national media campaign on disability and employment, launched in 2009-10, which sought to raise awareness that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense.
HDA led advocacy against the “Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together” bill, demonstrating how the cuts to Medicaid would negatively impact beneficiaries, especially due to elimination of the Illinois Cares Rx program.
HDA helped states interpret, adapt, and apply opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities presented by healthcare reform in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
HDA’s innovative outreach effort connects families through events, workshops, and peer support to help them begin to find a new normal after a catastrophic loss.