CCAI Stakeholder Forum Member Michael Grice Recognized by U. S. Senator Dick Durbin in ADA Anniversary Comments

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Medicaid managed-care plan for people with disabilities has unrivaled level of consumer involvement and input

Michael Grice, an activist for people with disabilities and a Member of the Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) Stakeholder Forum, was recognized by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin on July 28 in remarks to the U.S. Senate marking the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Senator Durbin told of Michael’s fight for independence as a person with a disability and his successful transition from a nursing home to life in the community with assistance from Access Living, a CCAI community partner.

“I’m proud of activists like Michael, Marca and the folks at Access Living. We owe them a debt of gratitude for helping America realize more fully our promise of ‘justice for all’,” said Senator Durbin. Additional remarks from the Senator may be viewed here:

The Stakeholder Forum is part of CCAI’s commitment to consumer input and involvement in every aspect of health care delivery and Long-Term Services and Supports. The Stakeholder Forum has been established in addition to the mandated Member Advisory Committee, composed of CCAI plan Members. The Chairperson of the Stakeholder Forum is a voting Member on CCAI’s Board of Directors, and three people with disabilities also serve on the not-for-profit’s Board. This ensures that people with disabilities have a voice in key matters and they can positively influence decisions that impact the health plan and its Members.

“Making managed care work for people with disabilities requires the insights and input of our consumers, from the accessibility of facilities to making sure that people have the support they need to live in the community,” said Robert Currie, CCAI President.

CCAI was formed through the collaboration of Access Living, Mt. Sinai, the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and the Family Health Network (FHN), the not-for-profit parent of CCAI. “Our community partners are key allies in our efforts to raise the bar for health care quality for people with disabilities on Medicaid and Medicare,” said FHN CEO Keith Kudla.

CCAI is a Managed Care Community Network serving people with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid in Chicago and Rockford areas. For more information on our innovative Model of Care and service, please visit You may also subscribe to our channel on YouTube at and hear what our Members have to say about our health plan.

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