"JUST THE FACTS" A Monthly Public Assistance Update from the Illinois Department of Human Services

Summary

Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 4,087 and the persons rose by 7,107 in February, 2010. MANG cases were primarily responsible for the increase. Aided cases numbered 1,485,490 (2,702,063 persons), up 8.4 percent from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Benefits

  • Total TANF Benefits: A 226 case (845 person) decrease left a total 31,991families (77,831 persons) receiving TANF benefits in February 2010. The caseload was 16.1 percent higher than the February 2009 total.
  • "0" Grant Cases: There were 2,633 "0" grant cases (7,501 persons) included this month, up 29 cases and up (123 persons) from January 2010.
  • TANF- Basic: TANF-basic (primarily single-parent families) fell by 204 cases (747 persons) to 31,407 cases (75,384 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-person cases decreased by 22 (persons decreased by 98) for a total of 584 cases (2,447 persons) in February 2010.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in February 2010 fell by 865 to a total of 5,945. New applications and re-applications fell. Receipts included: 5,028 applications for the basic sector and 917 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 2,229 applications pending for the combined program this month a decrease of 37 applications over January levels.
  • Approvals: There were 1,643 assistance approvals this month, including 1,166 new grants (down 160 from January 2010) and 477 reinstatements (down 56). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 1,930 February 2010 TANF openings for which reasons were available, down 541 from the January level. This total includes 1,843 cases from the basic sector and 87 cases from the two-parent sector.

Reasons for opening cases included the following:

Reason for opening cases % of total case openings
Reinstatements after remedying previous non-cooperation 2.7
Living below agency standards 80.1
Loss of employment 1.0
Loss of other benefits 2.8
Parent leaving home 0.3
Increased medical needs 3.6
Loss of unemployment benefits 3.6
All other reasons 5.9

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 1,834 February 2010 TANF case closings - up by 92 cases from January. This total includes 1,764 cases from the basic sector and 70 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE CLOSINGS % OF TOTAL CASE CLOSINGS
Earned Income 26.3
Other Financial 5.4
Non-compliance* 37.1
Non-Financial 31.2

*53 cases canceled in January 2010 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by February 2010 after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.

Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of February 2010 AABD cases was down 48 or 0.2 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The decline was largely attributable to Old Age Assistance, where the number of cases decreased by 136 or 2.3 percent of the February 2009 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD increased by 9 in February 2010, to a total of 29,336. This total includes 5,826 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance;113 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,397 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status: Persons in "0" grant status rose by 42 to 1,707.
  • State Supplemental Payments: Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were down 33 to 27,629.

Medical Assistance - No Grant

Family Health Plans clients were primarily responsible for an increase of 3,425 cases and an increase of 6,393 persons counted as receiving Medical Assistance in February 2010. This resulted in a program total of 1,198,530 cases (2,306,882 persons).

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 81 percent of total cases and 85 percent of total persons. MANG cases increased 6.1 percent from their February 2009 levels, when they represented 82 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families increased by 2,621 to 726,403 in February 2010.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 1,033 to 420,925 one-person cases. This total includes 162,007 cases for whom Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made and 34,325 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 67,251.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 51,202 children during this time period.

Transitional Assistance (TA)

Chicago

  • TA: TA grants were made to 8,350 one-person cases in February 2010. This is a 9 case increase from last month and a 9.5 percent increase from February 2009 totals.
  • P3 Cases: The number of former PE cases included in the count of TA grants increased by 2 to total of 317. These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending.

Downstate

  • TA: In Downstate counties, February 2010 TA one-person cases totaled 188 .This is a rise of 6 cases from last month and a 47.8 percent decrease from a year-earlier counts.

Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA)

Chicago

  • In February 2010, a total of 855 families ( 1,181 persons) received F&CA grants. This was a 15 family decrease and a 16 person decrease. The number of families aided by F&CA was increased by 25 from the February 2009 level.

Downstate

  • The number of families aided by Family and Children's Assistance in February 2010 totaled 6 (7 persons).The number of cases was decreased by 9 from February 2009.

Applications - All Programs

  • In February 2010 , application receipts for all programs excluding Food Stamps decreased by 3,669 to a total of 58,684. This count includes: 46,720 applications for Medical Assistance, 5,945 for TANF, 4,697 for AABD grants, and 1,322 for TA/F&CA in Chicago. Food Stamp applications received through Intake and Income increased by 2,173 to 147,925.

Food Stamps

  • Food Stamps were issued to 756,341 Illinois Households in February 2010. Of this total, 539,913 Households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 216,428 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 February 1, 2010 a total of 123,357 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 6,274 in the Moms and Babies program and 117,083 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 33,176 Share and 30,145 Premium persons had enrolled by February 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children . Rebate persons totaled 885.

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 February 2010, 149,357 children wereserved 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 February 2010, 9,306 (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 October- December 2009, 9,348 individuals in 6,550 households were served in shelters.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 1,214,631 meals from October- December 2009 through more than 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. A total of 2,342,923 individuals were served during this quarter.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During October - December 2009 298 families were served.
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In October - December 2009 553,085 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 2009, 1,915 clients received instruction and 576 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • The Refugee Social Service Program served a total of 1,006 clients during June 2009 - September 2009 trimester, with 386 entering employment, 258 of whom received health benefits and an average of $9.08 a hour, while 152 had their cash assistance terminated. A total of 972 refugees were screened for the June 2009- September 2009 trimester.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. In the October - December 2009 period, 15,982 clients received case management, 7,856 received interpreter service and 12,522 received translation service.
  • During the October - December 2009 quarter, the five suburban health clinics served 6,302 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 an estimated 102 Adults and 125 Children and handled 83 admissions due to Job Related Crisis during October - December 2009 quarter.*
  • The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 10,173 Adults and 6,351 Children during the October - December 2009 quarter. Among those served were 2,958 Senior Citizens and 4,082 were Developmentally Disabled and / or Mentally Il customers.*

* Not all reports have been received.

Fiscal Year 2010 Summary of Cases and Persons as of February 2010

Program Cases Persons
TANF-MAG (PAYMENT CASES) 29,358 70,330
AABD-MAG (ST SUPP PYMTS) 27,629 27,629
TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE Chicago 8,350* 8,350*
TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE Downstate 188 188
FAMILY & CHILDRENS'ASSISTANCE Chicago 855 1,181
FAMILY & CHILDRENS'ASSISTANCE Downstate 6 7
ZERO GRANTS TANF 2,633 7,501
ZERO GRANTS AABD 1,707 1,707
FAMILY HEALTH PLANS 726,403 1,834,755
AABD-MANG 420,925 420,925
NON-ASSISTANCE FOOD STAMPS 216,428 278,483
FOSTER CARE 51,202 51,202
REFUGEES MAG 624 637
REFUGEES MANG 130 133
TOTAL 1,486,438 2,703,028

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 317 in February , 2010.

Bureau of Research & Analysis, March, 2010