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AALC is the premier organization in Illinois representing the SLP industry and its residents.  Through our advocacy and policy efforts, AALC works on behalf of SLP communities in Illinois to support legislation and policies that directly benefit our members while fighting against legislation and policies that are deemed harmful to our industry.

We educate elected officials about the importance of the SLP and what distinguishes it from nursing home care. When necessary, AALC proposes legislation and regulatory changes aimed at both increasing opportunities for SLP providers, as well as improving the standard of care for residents. Learn more about AALC by downloading our Fact Sheet.


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AALC strives to partner with state legislators and regulators to bolster laws and regulations that serve and protect SLP providers, residents, family members, and staff.

During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that we work to protect our SLP communities.

AALC maintains a strong, bi-partisan lobbying presence before the Illinois General Assembly. Legislators and state government officials recognize the important role that SLP communities play in the long-term care (LTC) continuum, offering high quality services and health care to Illinois’ seniors and persons with disabilities, in a cost-effective manner.  AALC specializes in government relations and maintains close working ties with government agencies that are critical to the effectiveness of SLP projects, including:

  • Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department on Aging
  • Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Finance Authority
  • Food and Nutrition Services, US Department of Agriculture

AALC closely follows legislative and regulatory issues impacting SLP providers, especially federal and state public health guidance, the Illinois state budget, and Medicaid rates.  When necessary, AALC proposes legislation and regulatory changes aimed at both enhancing opportunities for SLP providers as well as improving the standard of care for residents.

Successes 

AALC’s successful efforts in 2019 to re-link supportive living Medicaid rates to nursing home rates increased reimbursement to the SLP industry by over $50 million annually and helped to ensure the viability of the program.  AALC achieved this success, in large part, because of the support from legislative champions in the General Assembly who remain committed to protecting and enriching the lives of Illinois’ senior population and people with disabilities. ​

At the national level and with the strong support from the Illinois Congressional Delegation, AALC has obtained an extension until December 2021 of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for our SLP residents that was set to expire at the end of 2020 and is currently working on achieving a lasting protection.  

Throughout the public health emergency caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, AALC has worked closely with state partners, including the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH) and Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to bring members important information and resources.  

You can support our advocacy work by contributing today

AALC’s non-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC) helps AALC members have a voice at the state level. PAC contributions support state candidates and legislators who champion legislation and regulatory reforms that positively impact SLP communities, especially as it relates to the Illinois state budget, Medicaid rates, and the state’s quality assurance standards.

At the national level, AALC partners with government affairs specialists and legal experts in Washington D.C. to represent Illinois’ SLP communities on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues.

To contribute to the AALC PAC, send your check to: AALC PAC, 601 W Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62704

Questions? Contact us at: pac@aalcillinois.org

Contributions made to the AALC PAC are not tax-deductible​​. The AALC PAC is a state political action committee defined by the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/9-1.8[d]). Articles of formation and financial reports may be viewed at the Illinois State Board of Elections.  Individuals can contribute a maximum of $12,000 and corporations/associations a maximum of $24,000 in any election cycle. Click here to learn more.

Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
601 W. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

AALC is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.


AALC ACKNOWLEDGES & APPRECIATES THE SUPPORT OF OUR 2021 CROWN MEMBER


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