One of the most impactful workshops I attended during Families USA was about Medicaid waivers and work requirements. We already know that waivers allow Medicaid to expand services that would not be normally covered. We see this primarily in Substance Use cases where the patient can receive care for detox and continue to receive care for counseling and other services that they might require. During the workshop we heard from representatives from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Washington DC. The one that stuck out the most was the representative from Arkansas. One of the models that they looked at was from Indiana and it was pitched as “The roadmap on how NOT to do it”. Indiana being a neighbor to Illinois really stuck out once I heard about all of the roadblocks that they face by implementing work requirements.
In late January 2019, several CCHCC staff members traveled to Washington, DC to attend the annual Health Action Conference put on by Families USA. The staff members who attended are: Chris Garcia, Adani Sanchez, Ashley Buckley, Paulette Colemon-Peeples, and Claudia Lennhoff.
CCHCC staff who attended the conference came back inspired,
informed, and ready to put to work the things that we learned at the
Each staff member will provide a write-up here to share with
you the most interesting and important things that they learned, so please
check back to see the write ups as they get posted. Thank you to everyone who
helped support our travel to Washington, DC for this important conference.
It’s my birthday, and five of us CCHCC staff members rented a mini-van,
and hit the road for a 12-hour drive to Washington, DC. This isn’t a
vacation for my birthday – we are traveling for an important meeting
CCHCC is a small non-profit without a lot of
resources, so we’re doing this on the cheap. To save money, we don’t fly
– we drive. And we will cramp ourselves into a hotel room for several
days, and we will spend our days learning as much as we can, attending
workshops and meetings. And when the conference is over, we’ll get
back into the rented mini-van and make the 12-hour trip back to
Champaign, and get back to work – exhausted, but energized and
strengthened with the new knowledge and tools that we gain from coming
My birthday and CCHCC anniversary wish Once
again, as I have for so many of my birthdays over the past 20+ years, I
won’t be at home; I’ll be traveling and attending the Families USA
Health Action conference in DC.
You can help me celebrate my 53rd birthday and my 22 year anniversary of working at CCHCC by making a contribution to CCHCC to help cover our expenses for this important trip, and to support our work in our community. DONATE NOW.
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