ALTON – After repeated assurances from Bruce Rauner that state workers would continue to get paid despite the continuing budget impasse, his administration’s Department on Aging has issued a letter reversing course.
The letter informs Community Care Program providers, including Senior Services Plus in Alton, that payments will not be processed for services performed since July 1 — the day a government shutdown began — and will not be paid until the impasse is resolved.
According to a press release from Senior Services Plus, the declaration contradicts a verbal understanding between CCP providers and agency staff.
The letter asks CCP providers to continue normal operations in the interim.
Rauner previously announced cuts to homecare programs that would end services for 50,000 Illinois seniors and people with disabilities, jeopardizing their health and independence — and likely forcing them out of their homes into more expensive nursing home care.
“Gov. Rauner is engaging in relentless attacks on critical services that provide a lifeline to our state’s seniors and people with disabilities, and now he has escalated that war to include their providers,” said Bob Thieman, executive director of the Illinois Association of Community Care Program Home Care Providers.
Senior Services Plus and other local CCP providers ask that the public voice their opinions to Rauner at (217) 782-0244; Speaker Michael Madigan at (217) 782-5350; and President John Cullerton at (217) 782-2728.