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

On June 10, ACE hosted members of our community to discuss what can be done locally to bring common-sense gun legislation to Illinois. Joining us were students Andy Wong (recently graduated from Neuqua Valley High School) and Lindsay Powell (Naperville Central High School) who had organized walk outs at their respective schools, along with Shelley Sandstrom from the West Suburban branch of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Sara Knizhnik of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence who spoke about current legislation that presently sits on Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk waiting to be signed.

S.B. 337, the Combatting Illegal Gun Trafficking Act, would require the Illinois State Police to certify dealers and enacts provisions to better record and track private sales.

H.B. 2354, the Firearms Restraining Order, would allow for a family member or law enforcement to petition the courts to temporarily remove firearms from the home of a loved one who is a risk to themselves or others.

Call Governor Rauner now and ask him to sign these bills. His Springfield office phone number is 217-782-0244. The Chicago office number is 312-814-2121. You can also sign the petition here.

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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.



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.