PM 08-01-07-aa: Income Received from Research Projects

WAG 08-01-07-aa

Clinical Trial Income

The first $2,000 received in a calendar year by an individual (or their spouse) for participating in a clinical trial involving testing of treatments for a rare disease or condition is exempt as income when determining eligibility for Family Health Plans.

The person participating in the clinical trial must be at least 19 years old. For the income to be exempt the clinical trial must:

  • be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), and
  • involve research and testing of treatment that targets a rare disease or condition.

Request documentation that the clinical trial meets the requirements listed above when a person reports that income is received as compensation for participating in a clinical trial involving a rare disease or condition.

Every Dollar Counts Research Project

Every Dollar Counts (EDC) is a research project being conducted by the University of Chicago Poverty Lab and the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. Participants in the Every Dollar Counts Research Project will receive either $50 or $1000 a month. The income is Exempt unearned income for up to 60 months when determining TANF eligibility.

Chicago Resilient Communities Income Pilot 

The Chicago Resilient Communities Income Pilot is a pilot program being conducted by the City of Chicago, The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) and the Inclusive Economy Lab at the University of Chicago. 5,000 low-income households will receive $500 a month for 12 months to provide additional economic stability. The income is Exempt unearned income for up to 12 months when determining TANF eligibility.

Evanston Guaranteed Income Pilot

The Evanston Guaranteed Income Pilot is a pilot program being conducted by Northwestern University and the City of Evanston, IL for those residing in the city of Evanston. 150 low-income households will receive $500 a month for 12 months to provide additional economic stability. The income is Exempt unearned income for up to 12 months when determining TANF eligibility.

Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot

The Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot is a pilot program being conducted by the Cook County Government, and the Bureau of Economic Development. A total of 3,250 low-income households will receive a $500 monthly payment for 24 months to provide additional economic stability as an effect of Covid-19 pandemic. The income is Exempt unearned income for the length of the program when determining TANF eligibility.

Revised Manual MaterialIllinois Stability Investment for Family Housing Pilot: Round One and Round Two

The Illinois Stability Investment for Family Housing (SIFH) pilot is a program being conducted by the IDHS in conjunction with the University of Chicago's Inclusive Economy Lab. Households chosen to participate will receive a one-time payment of at least $500 and up to $10,000. The income received from the pilot is considered exempt unearned income when determining TANF eligibility and benefit amount.