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The Impact of the State Budget Impasse and the Federal Budget Stalemate
The budget impasse in Springfield and the lack of a budget agreement in Washington, D.C. have raised many questions about the current and future status of social service agencies like ours. We want to take this opportunity to update you on our situation and give you information that could help us at this time.
First, please know that Aging Care Connections:
- is financially stable
- does not plan to cut services or programs to older adults and their families at this time
- is partnering with other agencies to advocate for a resolution to both the state's budget impasse and the federal budget stalemate
But if the situations in Springfield and Washington, D.C. are not resolved, the future is not as certain. Furthermore, even if a budget agreement is made in Springfield, we are concerned about potential delayed payments and programmatic cuts being proposed by Governor Rauner. These cuts could affect the older adult population throughout the State of Illinois by:
- decreasing the number of Illinoisans who receive in-home care through the Community Care Program
- proposed changes in eligibility requirements for older adults and people with disabilities who receive in-home services
If you are concerned about the future of program funding, Aging Care Connections encourages you to contact your legislators to let them know you want an end to the state budget impasse and that you do not want cuts to programs that assist older adults. To find your Illinois State Senator you can call the Illinois State Board of Elections at (312) 814-6440 or visit: http://www.elections.il.gov/. You can also contact your village or township to find out who your legislators are. Let your voice be heard – we need state and federal budgets that meet the needs of our citizens! Please feel free to contact Aging Care Connections for more information at (708) 354-1323, ext. 243.
Aging Care Connections
Medicare Open Enrollment
Enrollment Period October 15—December 7
(Changes will take effect on January 1)
Each year, you have a chance to make changes to your Medicare Health Plan or Medicare prescription drug coverage for the following year. Please call Aging Care Connections at 708-354-1323 to make an appointment to discuss the plan that is best for you.
LIHEAP Information (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
October 1, 2015 – for Seniors and Disabled Persons
November 1, 2015 – Reconnection Assistance and Households with Children under 6 years old
December 1, 2015 – General Enrollment
LIHEAP assists income-eligible households with energy services, in the form of a one-time benefit payment to the utility companies that is applied to the household's energy bills. Although funding for the LIHEAP program is still in discussion, any individuals wanting to apply should call Aging Care Connections for updates at 708-354-1323.
Sports Ball 2015 Sponsors
Aging Care Connections greatly appreciates our Sports Ball 2015 Sponsors. Thanks for helping make it a great night!