July 2022

It's one of my favorite times of the year! We are asking you to capture and share life in your Supportive Living Communities during our Annual Photo & Testimonial Contest!

The contest begins July 1 and we'll be looking for entries demonstrating all the ways Supportive Living is healthy living! Each entry we receive should demonstrate the vital role Supportive Living plays in the lives of Illinois’ seniors and individuals with disabilities. We want to showcase what we’ve always known: Supportive Living is Healthy Living. The winning entries from both the photo and testimonial contests will receive cash awards to go toward resident or employee activities! To learn more about the contest and submission details, visit our website by clicking here.

I look forward to receiving your entries!

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is beginning to prepare for the end of the current federal Public Health Emergency (PHE). When the PHE ends, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will end its continuous coverage provision. This provision has allowed HFS to keep Medicaid customers insured without confirming all eligibility requirements. As a result of this continuous eligibility, Medicaid customers have not been asked to update their information for two years. That new information is now critical for their continued coverage. To learn more, click here.  

We Want to Hear from You!

What kind of programs would you like to have AALC offer? What do you want to learn? Who do you want to hear? AALC strives to provide relevant and timely training and education to our members. We're planning for our upcoming Educational Series and your feedback is important to us.

Send ideas to: [email protected]

Legislative Update

The General Assembly will likely reconvene after the Fourth of July for a special session to consider issues related to reproductive health. While convened in Springfield for special session, the General Assembly can also convene in regular legislative session to address outstanding issues from the Spring Session, such as the Russian divestment bill, and address new issues, such as suspension of the gas tax.  AALC will be monitoring closely and sharing updates. As always, our aim is to advance and protect the Supportive Living Program.  

Meanwhile, AALC is working closely with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to implement the Medicaid rate increase to supportive living providers. During the last Spring Session, the AALC lobbying team, along with our legislative champions, successfully advocated for an increase to SLP Medicaid rates. (Public Act 102-1035 and Public Act 102-0699)  

While most of rate increase will be effective July 1, 2022, AALC is working with HFS on parameters for the “add-on” portion of the funds tied to quality and CNA tenure and promotion. Implementing these add-ons requires approval from federal CMS. HFS has begun this process through the waiver renewal, which was posted for public comment on June 1st. Today, AALC submitted formal comment to HFS on the HCBS waiver renewal and anticipates continuing to work with HFS on implementation.

New July SL rates coming soon

Supportive Living is Healthy Living Highlights

Heritage Woods of Batavia

"We get by with a little help from our Friends"!

Residents got together to add some "BLING" to their already beautiful grounds.

The Manor at Mason Hills

Members of the cooking group made Veggie Pizzas for those that ordered them for supper.

Supportive Living is Tasty Living!

Heritage Woods of Flora

Residents planted mini Teacup Gardens while learning about different plant varieties that grow well in small pots. Learning and doing are great ways to keep active mentally and physically!

Participate in AALC's 2022 Photo & Testimonial Contest!

Win prizes!

Show us how Supportive Living is Healthy Living!

Learn More Here!

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We want to highlight you! Post your pics on Facebook and we'll pick a few to highlight in this space and on our website.

We can't wait to see what you do! Need ideas?

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