A Monthly Public Assistance Update from the Illinois Department of Human Services

April 2009

Produced by The Division of Human Capital Development Bureau of Research & Analysis, May , 2009

Summary

Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 11,032 and the persons rose by 21,527 in April 2009. MANG and NAFS cases were primarily responsible for the increase. Aided cases numbered 1,392,855 (2,516,724 persons), up 7.6 percent from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

 Benefits

  • Total TANF Benefits: A 121 case (133 person) increase left a total 27,648 families (64,999 persons) receiving TANF benefits in April 2009. The caseload was 2.2 percent higher than the April 2008 total.
  • 0" Grant Cases: There were 2,143 "0" grant cases (5,990 persons) included this month, up 64 cases and up (47 persons) from March 2009
  • TANF- Basic: TANF-basic (primarily single-parent families) rose by 121 cases (117 persons) to 27,255 cases (63,349 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-person cases remained the same (persons increased by 16) for a total of 393 cases (1,650 persons) in April 2009.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in April 2009 fell by 150 to a total of 6,527. New applications and re-applications fell. Receipts included: 5,484 applications for the basic sector and 1,043 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 1,907 applications pending for the combined program this month a decrease of 40 applications under March levels.
  • Approvals: There were 1,825 assistance approvals this month, including 1,257 new grants (up 159 from March 2009) and 568 reinstatements ( up 122 ). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 1,484 April 2009 TANF openings for which reasons were available, up 32 from the March level. This total includes 1,444 cases from the basic sector and 40 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for opening cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE OPENINGS % OF TOTAL CASE OPENINGS
Reinstatements after remedying previous non-cooperation 3.9
Living below agency standards 79.0
Loss of employment 0.6
Loss of other benefits 2.1
Parent leaving home 0.3
Increased medical needs 4.9
Loss of unemployment benefits 3.0
All other reasons 6.2

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 1,608 April 2009 TANF case closings - up by 21 cases from March. This total includes 1,548 cases from the basic sector and 60 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE CLOSINGS % OF TOTAL CASE CLOSINGS
Earned Income 27.5
Other Financial 4.7
Non-compliance* 37.5
Non-Financial 30.3

*58 cases canceled in March 2009 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by April 2009 after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.

Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of April 2009 AABD cases was down 501 or 1.7 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The decline was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases decreased by 334 or 1.4 percent from April 2008 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD decreased by 55 in April 2009, to a total of 29,291. This total includes 5,940 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 105 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,246 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • 0" Grant Status: Persons in "0" grant status fell by 7 to 1,718.
  • State Supplemental Payments: Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were down 48 to 27,573.

Medical Assistance -- No Grant

Family Health Plans clients were primarily responsible for an increase of 5,640 cases and an increase of 14,781 persons counted as receiving Medical Assistance in April 2009. This resulted in a program total of 1,141,255 cases (2,173,558 persons).

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 82 percent of total cases and 86 percent of total persons. MANG cases increased 5.6 percent from their April 2008 levels, when they represented 83 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families increased by 4,591 to 682,013 in April 2009.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 968 to 405,761 one-person cases. This total includes 159,584 cases for whom Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made and 32,355 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 66,479.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 53,481 children during this time period.


Transitional Assistance (TA)

Chicago

  • TA: TA grants were made to 7,854 one-person cases in April 2009. This is a 70 case increase from last month and a 6.0 percent increase from April 2008 totals.
  • P3 Cases: The number of former PE cases included in the count of TA grants increased by 5 to total of 309. These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending.

Downstate

TA: In Downstate counties, April 2009 TA one-person cases totaled 363.This is a rise of 12 cases from last month and a 13.4 percent decrease from year-earlier counts.


Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA)

Chicago

In April 2009, a total of 830 families ( 1,159 persons) received F&CA grants. This was a 2 family increase and a 4 person decrease. The number of families aided by F&CA was increased by 7 from the April 2008 level.

Downstate

The number of families aided by Family and Children's Assistance in April 2009 totaled 15 ( 21 persons).The number of cases was down by 5 from April 2008.


Applications -- All Programs

 In April 2009, application receipts for all programs excluding Food Stamps decreased by 4,868 to a total of 69,972. This count includes: 57,458 applications for Medical Assistance, 6,527 for TANF, 4,671 for AABD grants, and 1,316 for TA/F&CA in Chicago. Food Stamp applications received through Intake and Income decreased by 2,308 to 129,285.

Food Stamps

  • Food Stamps were issued to 687,775 Illinois Households in April 2009. Of this total, 501,798 Households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 185,977 additional Households not receiving other Public Assistance, which received Non-Assistance Food Stamps (NAFS) administered by the Department of Human Services.

AllKids (KidCare)

  • KidCare, which began in January 1998, extends Medical coverage by expanding income eligibility standards (based upon the Federal Poverty Level) for pregnant women, infants born to Medical-eligible pregnant women, and certain other children under the age of 19.
  • Between January 5, 1998 and April 1, 2009 a total of 103,696 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 5,367 in the Moms and Babies program and 98,329 in the Assist program.
  • Cases ineligible for Medicaid due to excess income may be eligible for KidCare Phase II. October 1998 was the first month of enrollment. Phase II also requires co-pays and sometimes premiums. KidCare Share and KidCare Premium provide essentially the same benefits as Medical Assistance. A total of 36,364 Share and 29,373 Premium persons had enrolled by April 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children . Rebate persons totaled 1,172.

Child Care

Child Care services are available to families with income below 50 percent of the state median. Families must be working or enrolled in approved education or training activities. Families cost-share with co-payments based on income, family size and number of children in care. Services are delivered through a certificate program and a site-administered contract system.

  • The Certificate Program eligibility is determined by resource and referral agencies. Parents choose subsidized full or part-time care from any legal care provider that meets their needs. Providers include child-care centers, family homes, group child-care homes and in-home and relative care. In April 2009, 163,262 children were served by certificate.
  • The Site-Administered Contract Program serves families through a statewide network of contracted licensed centers and family homes. Families apply for care directly with the contracted providers and eligibility is determined on-site by the provider. In April 2009, 9,831 (estimated) children were served by contract.
  • The Migrant Head Start Program provides child care and health and social services for preschool children of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Services are provided by local community based agencies. The program is federally funded and serves approximately 450 children during the harvest season.

Emergency Food, Shelter and Support

Homeless families and individuals receive food, shelter and support services through local not-for-profit organizations. A "continuum of care"includes emergency and transitional housing and assistance in gaining self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

  • The Emergency Food and Shelter Program gives immediate services to the homeless and those at risk of being homeless. During January - March 2009, 4,584 individuals in 3,419 households were served in shelters.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 944,507 meals from January - March 2009 through more than 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. A total of 1,801,616 individuals were served during this quarter.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During January - March 2009, 2,761 families were served.
  •  The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In January - March 2009, 270,079 nights of Supportive Housing were provided.

Refugee And Immigrant Outreach

  • The Refugee and Immigrant Citizenship Initiative funds the provision of English language, civics and U.S. History instruction as well as application services. During October - December 2008, 2,311 clients received instruction and 1,627 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • The Refugee Social Service Program served a total of 761 clients during October 2008 - January 2009 trimester, with 215 entering employment, 127 of whom received health benefits and an average of $9.50 a hour, while 103 had their cash assistance terminated. A total of 781 refugees were screened for the October 2008- January 2009 trimester.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. In the October- December 2008 period, 14,869 clients received case management, 3,156 received interpreter service and 7,850 received translation service.
  • During the October - December 2008 quarter, the four suburban health clinics served 7,226 uninsured immigrants.

Social Service Block Grants

Service funding is provided through the Federal Title XX Social Services Block Grant to manage and monitor contracts which help customers achieve economic self-support and prevent or remedy abuse and neglect.

  • Crisis Nurseries served 210 Adults and 243 Children and handled 196 admissions due to Job Related Crisis during the October - December 2008 quarter.
  • The Donated Funds Initiative aided 11,441 Adults and 5,968 Children during the October -December 2008 quarter. Among those served were 3,500 Senior Citizens and 5,622 who were Developmentally Disabled or Mentally Ill.

FISCAL YEAR

2009SUMMARY OF CASES AND PERSONS AS OF APRIL 2009

Program Cases Persons
TANF-MAG (PAYMENT CASES) 25,505 59,009
- - -
AABD-MAG (ST SUPP PYMTS) 27,573 27,573
- -
TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE:
CHICAGO 7, 854* 7, 854*
DOWNSTATE 363 363
- -
FAMILY & CHILDRENS'ASSISTANCE:
CHICAGO 830 1,159
DOWNSTATE 15 21
- -
ZERO GRANTS:
TANF 2,143 5,990
AABD 1,718 1,718
- -
FAMILY HEALTH PLANS 682,013 1,714,316
AABD-MANG 405,761 405,761
NON-ASSISTANCE FOOD STAMPS 185,977 239,863
FOSTER CARE 53,481 53,481
- -
REFUGEES:
MAG 509 511
MANG 174 174
TOTAL 1,393,916 2,517,793


Note: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children effective July 1, 1997. Programs terminated in this change comprised AFDC-MAG,AFDC "0" grants, AFDC-MANG, and Medical Extensions(AFDC)


*P3 persons in Chicago, formerly reported in the AABD-MAG program, are now included in the Transitional Assistance Chicago programs. These numbered 309 in April 2009