10/31/2014

10/31/2014

IDHS continues to provide up to date information on Child Care Assistance program payments. Here is the latest information provided on the Child Care information phone line: (217) 524-9041.

IDHS and Action for Children have a special Hotline to call for Cook County providers who are facing financial hardship due to delayed payments. The number is 877-581-3691. The hotline is staffed by Action for Children.

To find out when your payment was entered, you usually can use 800-804-3833. That number is supposed to tell of entered payments the working day after entry, approval of a payment the working day following the approval, and generally will tell about issue of a payment two working days after the issue. Unfortunately, 800-804-3833 for some callers, has not been working well lately. Later in this call we will give you some web site information that you can use to see approved and issued payments. Licensed providers must enter the IVR case numbers to hear information on their payments. Please refer to the most recent child care certificate or other child care case information for the IVR number. NOTE: payments entered by the provider over the phone on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, will all have an official entry date of November 3rd, the first working day of the month. Also, there are many state holidays this month. November 4th, November 11th, and November 27th and 28th are state holidays that processing will not occur.

If you have a question regarding a redetermination, approval, address change, certificate needed, the number of days entered in for a payment, and many other questions, you will need to contact your child care office that takes care of your case. Also, contact the child care office that handles the case for any payment that was issued but was not received, or for those returned undeliverable to The Office of the Comptroller.

On October 31st, DHS should approve most payments entered on October 29th. We note MOST on the approval of entered payments because some payments require extra technical work to process the payments, or there might be an issue with the provider information which can cause delays on the approval of the payments. Funding should continue to be available throughout the remainder of October and should allow DHS to approve most payments entered up to October 31st within two to three working days after payment entry. At this time, we do not have information on how soon we will be able to approve payments entered in early November. DHS probably won't have information on those payments until at least November 7th. As always, the majority of our funding doesn't come available until the middle of the month. However, some months we have some additional funding that allows for processing of some payments early in the month they were entered.

For issued payments, on October 30th, The Office of the Comptroller issued payments that were approved by DHS on October 28th. As payments become approved by DHS, they should be issued by The Office of the Comptroller in one to three working days after the approval date.

The child care payment process is 3 Steps. Your payment is entered into the child care system, when funding is available, and the system has no errors the payment is approved by DHS. After the payment is approved, generally the payment will be issued by The Office of the Comptroller 1-3 working days after the approval. Paper checks are mailed the next working day after being issued. Direct Deposit and debit card payments are in accounts 2 working days after issue. Weekends and holidays are not working days.

To follow payments via the internet, you can see approved payments at: www.dhs.state.il.us

  • Go to tab: FOR PROVIDERS
  • Click on: Payments
  • Click on: Provider Payment Inquiry
  • Enter: SS# or FEIN
  • Click on: Submit
  • CVR date is the approved date

Correct issue date will appear two working days after being issued

To see if a payment has been issued by the Office of the Comptroller use: www.ioc.state.il.us

  • Go to Financial Inquiries (tab at top of the page)
  • Click on Vendor Payments
  • Enter SS# or FEIN
  • For the next two pages click on the Gray Boxes at bottom of page (Payments and Find Warrants)
  • Most recent issued payment will be listed at top of the page.

Check back around November 7th for new updates. The information line # is (217) 524-9041.