Just the Facts is a monthly Public
Assistance Update from the Illinois
Department of Human Services

Summary

Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 7,776 (17,706 persons) in October 2011. MANG and SNAP cases were primarily responsible for the increase. Aided cases numbered 1,643,465 (2,974,192 persons), up 5.5 percent from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Benefits

  • Total TANF Benefits: A 572 case (1,642 person) increase left a total 48,198 families (123,177 persons) receiving TANF benefits in October. The caseload was 27.0 percent higher than the October 2010 total.
  • "0" Grant Cases: There were 3,698 "0" grant cases (10,356 persons) included this month, up 65 cases and 143 persons from September 2011.
  • TANF-Basic: TANF-Basic (primarily single-parent) families rose by 579 cases (1,688 persons) to 46,887 cases (117,707 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-parent cases decreased by 7 (46 persons) to a total of 1,311cases (5,470 persons) in October 2011.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in October fell by 1,208 to a total of 9,236. New applications and re-applications both decreased. Receipts included: 8,093 applications for the Basic sector and 1,143 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 2,551 applications pending for the combined program this month, an increase of 6 applications from September levels.
  • Approvals: There were 3,428 assistance approvals this month, including 2,213 new grants (down 330 from September 2011) and 1,215 reinstatements (down 62). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 3,687 October 2011 TANF openings for which reasons were available, down 30 from the September level. This total includes 3,526 cases from the Basic sector and 161 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for opening cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE OPENINGS  % OF TOTAL CASE OPENINGS

Reinstatement after remedying

Previous non-cooperation 

2.2
Living below agency standards  81.7
Loss of employment  0.5
Loss of other benefits  2.0
Parent leaving home  0.2
Increased medical needs  5.0
Loss of unemployment benefits  3.4
All other reasons 5.0

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 2,825 October 2011 TANF case closings - down by 88 cases from September. This total includes 2,667 cases from the Basic sector and 158 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE CLOSINGS  % OF TOTAL CASE CLOSINGS
Earned Income  29.6
Other Financial  4.6
Non-compliance*  34.8
Non-financial  31.0

*81 cases canceled in September 2011 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by October 2011 after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.

Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of October 2011 AABD cases was up 92 or 0.3 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The increase was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases rose 225 or 1.0 percent from October 2010 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD dropped by 13 in September, to a total of 29,422. This total includes 5,581 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 113 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,728 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status: Persons in "0" grant status rose by 5 to 1,916.
  • State Supplemental Payments: Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were down 18 to 27,506.

Medical Assistance - No Grant

Both AABD and Family Health Plans clients were responsible for an increase of 5,075 cases (8,705 persons) counted as receiving Medical Assistance in October 2011. This resulted in a program total of 1,288,645 cases (2,468,265 persons).

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 78 percent of total cases and 83 percent of total persons. MANG cases increased 4.3 percent from their October 2010 levels, when they represented 79 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families increased by 2,892 to 775,851 in October 2011.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 2,498 to 456,385 one-person cases. This total includes 154,698 cases for which Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made, and 35,364 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 68,174.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 46,577 children during this time period.
  • GA: State funding for the cash portion of the General Assistance (GA) program was eliminated July 1, 2011. All Downstate assistance was discontinued. Chicago clients will continue to receive Medical and SNAP benefits. In October 2011, a total 9,034 one-person cases received medical assistance only through Transitional Assistance (TA). The Number of families receiving medical assistance only through Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA) totaled 799 (1,050 persons).
  • P3 Cases: Cash Assistance for Chicago PE cases was also eliminated July 1, 2011. These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending. A total of 225 P3 cases were aided in October.

Applications - All Programs

In October 2011, application receipts for all programs excluding SNAP decreased by 7,861 to a total of 64,464. This count includes: 48,689 applications for Medical Assistance, 9,5236for TANF, 4,595 for AABD grants, and 1,944 for TA/F&CA in Chicago. SNAP applications received through Intake and Income Maintenance dropped by 22,996 to 165,582.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • SNAP Assistance was given to 887,218 Illinois households in October 2011. Of this total, 610,244 households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 276,974 additional households not receiving other Public Assistance, which receive Non-Assistance SNAP 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 October 1, 2011 a total of 122,276 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 7,029 in the Moms and Babies program and 115,197 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 32,106 Share and 30,881 Premium persons had enrolled by October 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children. Rebate persons totaled 500.

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 home and in-home and relative care. In October 2011, an estimated 144,614 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 October 2011, an estimated 9,380 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 April-June 2011, 8,522 individuals in 5,549 households were served in shelters.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 689,197 households from April-June 2011.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During April-June 2011, 1,587 families were served.
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In April-June 2011 641,287 nights of Supportive Housing were provided.
  • The Refugee and Immigrant Citizenship Initiative funds the provision of English language, civics and U.S. history instruction as well as application services. During April-June 2011, 2,433 clients had received instruction and 908 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • The Refugee Social Service Program served a total of 966 clients during the February-May 2011 period, with 439 entering employment, 311 of whom received health benefits and an average of $9.26 an hour, while 139 had their cash assistance terminated. A total of 646 refugees were screened for the February - May 2011 period.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. In the April-June 2011 period, 13,924 clients received case management, 2,587 received interpreter service, and 7,398 received translation service.
  • During the April - June 2011 quarter, the five suburban health clinics served 7,585 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 629 customers during the April - June 2011 quarter.
  • The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 14,013 customers with 6,506 rides provided for Seniors during the April-June 2011 quarter.

FISCAL YEAR 2012 
SUMMARY OF CASES AND PERSONS AS OF OCTOBER 2011

Program Cases Persons
TANF (PAYMENT CASES) 44,500 112,821
AABD CASH (ST SUPP PAYMENTS)  27,506 27,506

TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE:

(Medical Only)   CHICAGO 

9,034 9,034

FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSISTANCE:

(Medical Only) CHICAGO 

799 1,050
P3 225 225
ZERO GRANTS:TANF 3,698 10,356
ZERO GRANTS:  AABD  1,916 1,916
FAMILY HEALTH PLANS 775,851 1,955,220
AABD MANG 456,385 456,385
NON-ASSISTANCE SNAP 276,974 353,102
FOSTER CARE 46,577 46,577
REFUGEES:CASH & MEDICAL 297 297
REFUGEES:  MEDICAL ONLY  170 171
TOTAL 1,643,932 2,974,660

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).

Bureau of Program & Performance Management, December, 2011