June/July 2023


2023 is our TIME TO THRIVE! There are lots of ways to help AALC thrive, and I've provided a few ideas below.

The Wii Bowling and Spelling Bee competitions start in July, but there is still time to register your teams. The more communities who participate, the more fun your residents will have working their way to the finals at the Annual Conference in October! So register your teams today!

Register for AALC's 2023 Annual Conference, where you'll get two days of educational speakers, networking, competitions, and more.  

Become a sponsor of the Annual Meeting and showcase your company at the exhibit hall!

Support the AALC PAC!

Get your community involved in Supportive Living 2023 activities and share them with us on social media. Be sure to tag @AALCIllinois and use hashtags: #OurTimeToThrive-SL2023 and #SpiritofSupportiveLiving so we can track and promote your community on social media.

Thanks to all of you for helping AALC and the Supportive Living Program thrive!

Policy Update

SLP DCS Rate Increase 

Governor Pritzker this month signed the Medicaid Omnibus bill (SB1298), which among other changes increases provider rates for supportive living dementia care pending federal approval and beginning January 1, 2024. To view the estimated rate increase, click here.


Reminder! Long Term Care Admission Processing

With the ending of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), HFS issued a Provider Notice as a reminder for Long Term Care (LTC) providers that the Department of Human Services (DHS) will again be applying this policy for the processing of LTC admission transactions that was implemented with Provider Notice issued 02/27/2020. To learn more, click here


SLP Initial Screening

SLP providers will have access to screening outcomes with Path Tracker only after an individual is “admitted” in your census. This cannot be done until the individual moves into your community. You will still need to have the CCU, nursing facility, hospital, or other screening entity send you the results of the SLP Initial Screen, SLP Comprehensive Assessment (if applicable) and HFS 2536 Interagency Screening Results form with the DON score. Remember the HOPE Fair Housing Settlement does not allow SLP providers to complete their assessment of potential residents until the results of the required preadmission screens are received. If you need assistance with having an SLP Initial Screen completed, or are having difficulty receiving screening outcomes, contact Kara Helton (kara.helton@illinois.gov) or LaTatia Danner (Latatia.danner@illinois.gov or 217/782-0558) 

Reminder! Service Planning Requirements for Supportive Living

As of July 1, 2020, Managed Care Organization case managers are responsible for assisting Supportive Living Program residents enrolled in Medicaid managed care with the development of their service plan, including SLP services. This includes residents enrolled in HealthChoice Illinois and the Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative Plans. To learn more, click here

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra issues a letter on Medicaid Redeterminations to Governors

With the Public Health Emergency ending in May and pre-COVID-19 pandemic Medicaid operations resuming, there is growing concerns that many eligible individuals and families risk procedural termination and a loss of health coverage. In the letter, Becerra urged states to “adopt all options that we have offered to help eligible individuals and families maintain their health coverage during this process and leverage all state partners to support individuals and families to complete renewal forms.” To read the letter, click here

Illinois is Ready to Renew

HFS in March launched the Ready to Renew campaign to assist with the end of the Medicaid continuous coverage.  To view resources, click here

Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released an updated version of their "Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker" on June 20th. This tracker provides state-level data on Medicaid/CHIP enrollment, unwinding, renewals, and other measures. Please note that while the tool includes national data reported by CMS, it has a lag of several months and may not reflect the most current Medicaid enrollment status.

Click here to view the tracker.

Ensuring Access to Medicaid - Public Comments Submitted

AALC has partnered with Leading Age Illinois to submit comments on proposed federal rule changes impacting HCBS (CMS-2442-P). To learn more, click here. To read our comments, click here

View Current SL Rates

Legislative Update

AALC had a successful legislative session achieving significant advancements for the Supportive Living Program, including an increase in the conventional and dementia care SLP rates.  

The summer months are traditionally considered “down-time” for legislators as they use the time to interact with constituents and interest groups in their respective Districts. AALC is in the process of planning events to connect members with our legislative champions. 

AALC also continues to meet and communicate with Legislative Leaders and HFS. The SLP rate enhancements are effective January 1, 2024. We anticipate that HFS will issue a waiver amendment and seek public comment on the new rate enhancements. 

AALC is extremely grateful for the support that we receive from the state and our legislative champions.​ We are also grateful for our membership's involvement in our advocacy efforts and look forward to continuing to build on our legislative success.

AALC Annual Meeting

October 25-26, 2023 Springfield, IL

Register to attend AALC’s 2023 Annual Conference. We are offering two tracks for owners and staff. CEU credits will be available. Learn more and register today.

We want to hear from you!

Please share what you want to learn about with us! AALC strives to provide relevant and timely training and education to our members. 

Send ideas to: Kzosel@aalcillinois.org

Supportive Living 2023 - Member Activity Spotlight

The Flora Railroad Depot - actors stopped by Heritage Woods of Flora for some fun and playful antics with residents. The smiles and laughter confirm that “experiences” are often more fun than “things.” 

Cambridge House of Swansea residents were treated to motorcycle rides courtesy of the Greenmount Rd Hog Chapter. It was so great to see everyone's smiles whether they were riding with them or cheering each other on. The residents that rode on the motorcycles said it was a "fantastic" experience. They even had a 92-year-old on one of the motorcycles!

Vendor Members -

Sign Up to Sponsor AALC's Annual Meeting!

Meet members, set up a display booth and support AALC. Learn more about becoming a sponsor here.

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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