PEORIA, IL -- From a news release:
Illinois National Organization for Women
PO Box 474Springfield, Illinois 62705
Web: www.ilnow.orgEmail: email@example.com
Illinois Budget Cuts Threaten Women’s Lives
100,000 children will lose care from the Child Care Assistance Program.
This program is vital for low-income parents to keep their jobs and provide a
safe place for the care of their children.
Enrollment will freeze into CCAP except for a small number of families,
putting 5000 families on waitlist. Studies in other states with waitlists have
shown that up to a third of families either lost their job or were unable to
work while waiting for child care assistance.
Rauner’s proposed cuts to home healthcare services directly affect senior
women. Of the 104,000 seniors in the Community Care Program, 70% were
women, 61% were people of color, 51% lived alone, 86% had incomes less
than $20,000 annually.
The average nursing home in Illinois costs approximately $4300 a month or
more than 4 times the cost of providing similar services in the senior’s
Over 10,000 disabled Illinoisans in the Home Service Program will lose
their home care services. This includes anyone under 60, infants, children,
those with traumatic brain injuries or those receiving services for HIV/AIDS
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program will be cut by 71%. (no
that’s not a typo) The Treatment Act would be eliminated. The Program
detected 727 invasive breast cancers and 1400 cervical cancers and precancerous
lesions between 2007 and 2012. The proposed cut to the Program
will eliminate screening for 14,000 women.
The IBCCP cut will disproportionately affect African- American women.
The breast cancer mortality rate for African-American women is 40% higher
than the rate for white women.
$735 million in Medicaid supplemental payments to hospitals will be
completely eliminated. These payments support safety-net hospitals that
provide care to Medicaid and uninsured patients.