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Illinois department of human services

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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
2019 TRAINING SEMINAR

LISA MCCLURE
CONSTITUENT BENEFITS LIAISON
Email: [email protected] Phone: 217-557-1551
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families  Child Care Assistance Program  Early Intervention  Medical Assistance  Qualified Medical Beneficiary

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was formerly known as food stamps and helps low-income households buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.
Benefits are provided on the Illinois LINK Card – an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by IDHS.

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CONT.)
Eligibility is dependent on a variety of factors, including: • Income • Expenses (housing, medical, etc.) • Number of people in the household
Individuals apply by mail, in person at a local IDHS office, or online at abe.Illinois.gov.
There is also a SNAP eligibility calculator on the IDHS website that will estimate eligibility and benefit amounts.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.
The parent must work or be involved in either a work training program or educational studies. They must also develop and follow a Responsibility and Services Plan (RSP).
Cash assistance through TANF has a 5-year lifetime limit, with some exceptions.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (CONT.)
Eligibility is dependent on a variety of factors, including: • Being pregnant and/or having children under 18 • Being a US citizen or meeting certain immigration requirements • Living in Illinois • Income
Individuals apply either in person at their local IDHS office or online at abe.Illinois.gov.
Benefits are issued through the Illinois LINK Card. Those who qualify for TANF will also likely qualify for SNAP, medical, and the Child Care Assistance Program.

AID TO THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED
The Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) cash assistance program is for persons who are aged, blind, or disabled and who need money. A person may be eligible for AABD if they:
• Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or are ineligible for SSI due to income or are ineligible for SSI due to expiration of federal time limit on assistance to certain immigrants who have not yet become U.S. citizens.
• Are a U.S. citizen or meet certain requirements for noncitizens • Live in Illinois • Are 65 years or older, blind, or disabled
When determining eligibility for AABD, the Department exempts certain assets up to a specific dollar amount.

LINK CARD
SNAP, TANF, and AABD cash are accessed via a LINK card which works like a debit card. LINK card customers can find out information about their account(s) by calling 1-800-678-LINK (5465).
The hotline can assist them with:
• Checking the balance on the card • Determining when the next reload will occur • Learning when their next recertification is due

CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides low-income, working families with access to affordable, quality child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional, and social development of the child.
CCAP can help families pay for care in center-based or home settings.
Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size and income.

CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CONT.)
To qualify for the program an applicant must: • Live in Illinois • Be employed and/or going to an eligible educational activity (high
school, trade school, undergraduate college...) • Have children younger than 13
(children with documented special needs may be eligible up to the age of 19) • Have family income below allowable limits
Individuals can apply either online at the IDHS website or via a paper application.
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