Health, Education, and Welfare


We provide current information on proposed policy changes to our State and Federal governments related to Health Care, Social Security, and Education. We strive to empower our members to advocate with government officials on issues important to them.

THE ISSUES                                                                    

  • ACA: keeping it and improving it
  • Medicaid
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Women’s reproductive health
  • Medicare
  • Social Security
  • Education

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Health Articles

Problems with Initial COVID-19 Vaccine

A vaccine trial by AstraZeneca caused inflammation in a patient’s spine according to the British National Institute of Health. How will that affect vaccine trials around the globe?n Posted 9/17/20.

No Gag Rule

Nurses call on President Trump to rescind dangerous ‘gag’ rule on reproductive health care in the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more here. Posted 3/8/19.

Roe vs. Wade Under Attack

ACE member Janice Poldolski discusses some of the more than 15 state Roe vs. Wade appeals to the Supreme Court. Read about them here.  Posted 2/28/19.

Concerned about the public health impact of Sterigenics plants in Willowbrook, Waukegan, and Gurnee?

The Chicago Tribune investigated the public health impact of the Sterigenics plants in December. Read about the chemical effects on local residents here.

The Trump-Pence Gag Rule 

The Trump-Pence Gag Rule is preventing women from getting the health care they need. What can you do to help? Planned Parenthood’s Paloma Arroyo discusses the issue in our Speak Out.

The Status of Roe v. Wade and Women’s Health Care in the Trump SCOTUS Era

ACE Leader Beverly George reports on the Women’s Health Care Round Table in Downers Grove on 7/10/18 hosted by Democratic Candidate Sean Casten (IL-6).

Trump’s proposed plan to decrease prescription drug prices falls flat

ACE Leader Beverly George delves into the President’s plan for bringing down prescription prices for Medicare patients. Click here to read what she found out. Posted 5/25/18.

Health Care Update: May, 2018

ACE Leader Beverly George sums up the biggest health care stories of May, including a rare win for Medicaid advocates and the Trump administration’s disturbing “Just Say No” abstinence program. Click here to read more. Posted 5/18.

CHART: How Have Your Members of Congress Voted On Gun Bills?

This chart from NPR lets you look up your representatives and see for yourself how they voted on proposed sensible gun laws. Posted 2/19/18.

Is the White House putting religion ahead of the American people’s welfare?

An editorial in the New York Times thinks so. Read “The White House Puts the Bible Before the Hippocratic Oath” here. Posted 1/29/18.


ACE-Naperville leader, Beverly George, discusses the proposed work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Read the full article here. Posted 1/16/18.

Five Things to Know About Medicaid Work Requirements

“The Trump administration released landmark guidance this week aimed at allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, a major shift in the design of the health insurance program for the poor and disabled,” according to The Hill. Posted 1/16/18

The Current Status of Medicaid in Illinois

How is the program holding up throughout the Illinois budget issues? What does Governor Rauner intend to do about it? Read about the current status of Illinois’ Medicaid program here. Posted 8/22/17.

How to repair the ACA

The New York Times thinks it’s tricky, but not impossible. Regardless, it is definitely something that needs to be done for the good of our country. Click here to read the full article. Posted 7/31/17.

Last resort: Women from other midwestern states coming to Illinois for abortions

This is another reason to keep abortion legal in Illinois without all the rules the of the other states. Click here to read the article. Posted 7/18/17.


Education Articles

Looking for a balanced perspective of Betsy DeVos’ initial reign as Secretary of Education?

Click here to read “The Education of Betsy DeVos,” from Politico Magazine.

What exactly is a charter school?

A basic primer from NPR is available here.

A charter school success story

A study from Tulane University on the charter school system established in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, this article offers a sound study with statistical support and explanations of how the stats were reached. It’s also illuminating as to nuances in their charter system that help direct the parents’ choice of one school over another within the system. Posted 7/20/17.

Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) 2017 Study

Read what Stanford University’s CREDO found out when analyzing the various types of charter schools. Click here to view the full report. Posted 7/20/17.

Vouchers divert government funds from public to private schools

Per pupil funding has fallen in most states across the U.S., using vouchers takes these already low funds and gives more money to private schools, many of which are not required to meet the same level of accountability for student performance. Read more of this article from the National Education Association here. Posted 7/19/17.

Education spending helps students, boosts economy

According to this piece by the National Education Association, school funding can impact students throughout their entire lives. Click here to read how funding also affects their community’s economy. Posted 7/19/17.


“I think her agenda is shaped by her idea of what God wants for the world,” according to a New York Times article on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her own education. To read it, click here. Posted 6/12/17.