January 2024

Embracing Growth & Inspiring More in 2024!

Dear Members,

Happy New Year! As we step into 2024, I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of us.

Throughout this year, we hope to grow our membership, educational programs and our policy outreach efforts. We'll build on our past successes and find new ways to strengthen Supportive Living across the state. To learn more about our accomplishments in 2023, and our goals for 2024, be sure to read our 2023 Annual Report!

In all of our endeavors, we will weave in our new theme for 2024: Supportive Living: Inspiring More. This theme will be featured in every project and initiative over the year. We believe it highlights how Supportive Living communities offer assistance while empowering individuals to aspire to greater heights. It emphasizes the nurturing environment that supports daily needs and encourages personal growth and success. Our goal is to empower residents and inspire positive impacts for everyone within the Supportive Living Program.

Let's unite and begin this journey to Inspire More, Together!

Policy Update


HFS Announces Delay in January LTC Medicaid Rate Posting

The posting and programming of the Medicaid rates for Nursing Facilities, County Nursing Facilities, Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities, and Supportive Living Program providers effective January 1, 2024, has been delayed. The Department expects to have the rates posted and programmed by mid-January. LTC providers will be notified when the rates have been programmed and the rate lists posted.


SLP Dementia Care Setting Approvals Announced

HFS last month announced its approval of 11 applications to expand Illinois Supportive Living Program Dementia Care Settings. To read the press release and learn more about the approvals, click here


Illinois Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) are Eligible for a FREE One-Time Bulk Shipment of Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests from the State of Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has COVID-19 rapid antigen tests available for deployment. For a limited time, LTCFs in Illinois will be eligible to request and receive a one-time bulk shipment of iHealth COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. This shipment is intended to supplement the existing testing program on-site at your facility. All tests are completely FREE of charge and are provided at NO cost to your facility! To learn, click here.


Community Spouse Maintenance Needs Allowance (CSMNA) and Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA) Increasing

Effective January 01, 2024, pursuant to Public Act 102-1037, the Community Spouse Maintenance Needs Allowance (CSMNA) and Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA) will increase annually.

The CSRA standard will change from $120,780.00 to $129,084.00. This is the maximum amount of resources a resident may transfer to a community spouse or to another for the sole benefit of a community spouse. The actual amount a resident may transfer is determined by deducting non‑exempt resources of the community spouse from the standard of $129,084.00.

The CSMNA standard will change from $3,715.50 to $3,853.50. This is the maximum amount of monthly income a resident may give to a community spouse. The actual amount a resident may give is determined by deducting any gross income of the community spouse from the standard of $3,853.50.

To learn more, click here.

View Current SL Rates


Thank you to all who contributed to the AALC PAC last year.

Because of your support we were able to raise $225,000

to protect Supportive Living in Illinois!

Legislative Update

The AALC Lobbying Team is finalizing its 2024 Spring Legislative Agenda. The AALC currently has two legislative priorities, which will be introduced as new bills, outlined below: 


1) Increase the personal needs allowance (PNA) to $150 per resident, which has not risen since the beginning of the program in the late 1990s. The legislation would simultaneously increase the SLP Link to offset the cost to providers of the PNA increase.


2) Codify into state law the current $6.15 per-diem add-on payment associated with the recent loss of the SLP SNAP benefit program. The current $6.15 per-diem payment expires in March of 2025 and the AALC legislation would ensure the payment remains a part of the SLP daily rate of reimbursement.


The AALC is also exploring potential legislation and/or policy initiatives regarding SLP Memory Care and will provide further updates in subsequent communications.


To read more about our legislative priorities, click here.


Key Deadlines: 

Jan. 19--Bill Drafting Requests 

Feb. 9---Introduction of Bills in First Chamber 

Feb. 21 -Governor’s Combined Budget and State of the State Address 

Mar. 15--Senate Bills out of Senate Committee 

Apr. 5---House Bills out of House Committee 

Apr. 12--Senate Bills 3rd Reading 

Apr. 19--House Bills 3rd Reading 

May 3---Bills out of Committee in Second Chamber 

May 17--Bills out of Second Chamber 3rd Reading 

May 24--Adjournment 

Supportive Living Communities:

We have some fun activities planned for 2024! Details to come!

FREE Webinar: Everyone has the right to vote

January 9th, 2024 @ 3:00pm CST

The Illinois Long Term Ombudsman Program has invited Laura Williams from the National Training Coordinator for the Center for Vulnerable Voters, to talk about your rights as a voter. During this presentation, tips will be provided on advocating for yourself and vulnerable voters, residential communities’ responsibilities, most recent and relevant Illinois election statutes, and important deadlines.



Just click here on the day of the event to join!


ATTEND FREE Cybersecurity Trainings

January 23-24, 2024

IDPH Office of Preparedness and Response and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service are offering two course on cybersecurity designed to prepare for and mitigate against potential cyber attacks in the New Year.

(You must register for each class individually)

Click on the link below, create an account, and register there.


AWR136 - Springfield, IL - 1/23/2024



MGT384 - Springfield, IL - 1/23-24/2024


Click here for more information about each course.


2024 AALC Annual Meeting - Save the Date!

Tuesday, Oct 29 - Wednesday, Oct. 30

Springfield, IL

AALC will hold its 2024 Annual Meeting in Springfield on October 29-30. We hope to see you there! Details to Follow!

Supportive Living 2024 -

Sponsor Spotlight

AALC thanks Gallagher for their support of our activities and sponsorship of the 2023 Annual Meeting.

Click here to learn more about their services.

MEMBERS! If you know of a vendor who might be interested in joining AALC, share their information with us at info@aalcillinois.org and we will reach out to them. Are you a vendor member and interested in bringing content to our Supportive Living communities? Let us know and we will feature you in an upcoming newsletter.

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