September 2013 - Just the Facts

September 2013 - Just the Facts (pdf)


Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois decreased by 9,085 (10,263 persons) in September 2013. Family Health Plan cases were primarily responsible for the decrease. Aided cases numbered 1,693,714 (3,054,553 persons), down 0.5 percent from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)


  • Total TANF Benefits: A 233 case (481 person) decrease left a total 50,184 families (130,998 persons) receiving TANF benefits in September. The caseload was 0.3 percent lower than the September 2012 total.
  • "0" Grant Cases: There were 4,200 "0" grant cases (11,742 persons) included this month, down 105 cases and 220 persons from August 2013.
  • TANF-Basic: TANF-Basic (primarily single-parent) families dropped by 194 cases (307 persons) to 48,646 cases (124,380 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-parent cases fell by 39 to a 1,538 total in September 2013. The number of persons decreased by 174 to 6,618.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in September dropped by 943 to a total of 7,971. Both new applications and re-applications decreased. Receipts included: 7,032 applications for the Basic sector and 939 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 2,637 applications pending for the combined program this month, a decrease of 421 from August levels.
  • Approvals: There were 2,678 assistance approvals this month, including 1,887 new grants (up 62 from August 2013) and 791 reinstatements (down 123). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 2,358 September 2013 TANF openings for which reasons were available, down 176 from the August level. This total includes 2,246 cases from the Basic sector and 112 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for opening cases included the following:

Reinstatement after remedying Previous non-cooperation 1.9
Living below agency standards 84.4
Loss of employment 0.6
Loss of other benefits 1.2
Parent leaving home 0.1
Increased medical needs 4.6
Loss of unemployment benefits 3.8
All other reasons 3.4

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 2,491 September 2013 TANF case closings - up by 91 cases from August. This total includes 2,362 cases from the Basic sector and 129 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following:

Earned Income 30.5
Other Financial 3.9
Non-compliance* 36.1
Non-financial 29.5

44 cases canceled in August 2013 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by September 2013

after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.

Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of September 2013 AABD cases was down 794 or 2.8 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The decrease was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases fell 532 or 2.3 percent from September 2012 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD rose by 31 in September to a total of 27,899. This total includes 5,052 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 103 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 22,744 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status: The number of persons in "0" grant status was unchanged at 1,713.
  • State Supplemental Payments: The number of individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments rose by 31 to 26,186.

Medical Assistance - No Grant

Family Health Plan clients were responsible for a decrease of 5,112 cases counted as receiving Medical Assistance in September 2013. Persons decreased by 12,494. This resulted in a program total of 1,259,824 cases (2,447,735 persons).

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 74 percent of total cases and 80 percent of total persons. MANG cases decreased 2.7 percent from their September 2012 levels, when they represented 76 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families decreased by 5,656 to 735,932 in September 2013.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rosey by 565 to 481,389 one-person cases. This total includes 151,911 cases for which Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made, and 37,868 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 63,676.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 42,503 children during this time period.
  • 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 94 P3 cases were aided in September.

Applications - All Programs

  • In September 2013, application receipts for all programs excluding SNAP decreased by 3,187 to a total of 69,695. This count includes: 58,290 applications for Medical Assistance, 7,971 for TANF, and 3,434 for AABD grants. SNAP applications received through Intake and Income Maintenance decreased by 12,573 to 133,320.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • SNAP Assistance was given to 1,009,478 Illinois households in September 2013. Of this total, 653,765 households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 355,713 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 September 1, 2013 a total of 111,645 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 5,217 in the Moms and Babies program and 106,428 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 30,036 Share and 31,592 Premium persons had enrolled by September 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children. Rebate persons totaled 296.


Program Cases Persons
TANF (PAYMENT CASES) 45,984 126,798
P3 94 94
ZERO GRANTS TANF 4,200 11,742
ZERO GRANTS AABD 1,713 1,713
FAMILY HEALTH PLANS 735,932 1,923,843
AABD MANG 481,389 481,389
NON-ASSISTANCE SNAP 355,713 440,285
FOSTER CARE 42,503 42,503
TOTAL 1,694,299 3,055,144

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 September 2013, an estimated 156,883 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 September 2013 an estimated 5,110 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 and Transitional Housing Program served 7,466 households in shelters during April-June 2013. Of those, 1,474 were households with children.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 526,876 households from April-June 2013.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During April-June 2013, 759 households were served. Of those, 181 were families (Households with children under age 18).
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In April-June 2013, 513,517 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 2013, 1,735 clients had received instruction and 560 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • Of the refugees served, 415 entered employment, and 247 retained jobs 90 days. The average wage earned was $9.32 an hour. 309 received health benefits terminated in the February-May 2013 period.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. In the April-June 2013 quarter, 5,547 clients received case management, 3,112 received interpreter service, and 8,397 received translation service.

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 708 customers during the April-June 2013 quarter.
  • The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 11,028 customers with 75,831 rides provided for Seniors during the April-June 2012 quarter.

Early Intervention (EI)

The Illinois Early Intervention program serves Children under three years of age who are experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development; physical development; language and speech development; psychosocial development; and self-help skills. Early Intervention is part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part C) which covers both Part C infants and toddlers as well as Part B Special Education. Annually Early intervention serves approximately 20,000 children across the state and maintains 25 Child and Family Connections (CFC) Offices throughout the state to handle referrals, program intake, and service coordination for children with Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP's).

Early Intervention services include, but are not limited to: developmental evaluations and assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, developmental therapy, service coordination, psychological services and social work services. The cost of some services are paid by the program and provided to families at no cost. These include evaluation, assessment, development of a service plan, and service coordination. Ongoing Early Intervention services are paid for by the family's health insurance, when appropriate, government insurance (Kid Care), and program funds. Families contribute to the cost of services by paying fees based on a sliding scale.

Program Statistics

Indicator January 2012 SFY 12 Average to Date SFY 2011 Average
Referrals 3,255 2,708 2,763
Active IFSP's 18,775 18,855 18,723
0-3 Participation Rate 3.43% 3.45% 3.42%
Under 1 Participation Rate 1.02% 1.06% 1.10%
% With Medicaid 50.8% 50.7% 49.6%
% With Insurance 36.3% 36.6% 36.9%
% With Fees 27.9% 27.8% 27.7%

What's New in Early Intervention

Currently the Early Intervention program is reviewing and implementing new federal regulations that were released late 2011. This review will also involve a complete review and updating of the CFC Policies and Procedures Manual to ensure compliance with all new or modified regulations. All required revisions must be in place by July 1, 2012.

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

The purpose of WIC is to provide supplemental foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion and support, and referral/access to health services for income eligible pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants and children. The program has been housed under the Department of Human Services for the last 14 years. In order to be eligible, participants must be at 185% of the federal poverty level; be a resident of the State of Illinois; and must be categorically eligible (pregnant, breastfeeding postpartum, non breastfeeding postpartum, Infants (0-1), Children (1-5).

Program Statistics

Eligibility Category Clients in January
Pregnant Women 32,429
Breastfeeding Women 16,690
Postpartum Women 18,972
Infants 76,982
Children 147,321

What's New in WIC

PCS/PCE is in McLean, St. Clair, Kane, Lake Counties and the Roseland WIC Clinic in Chicago.

Participant-Centered Nutrition Education (PCE) is a comprehensive, outcome-based model developed by Altarum Institute to promote the adoption of positive nutrition- and health-related behaviors by Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) families. PCE is a comprehensive systems change model for participant interaction that touches upon all aspects of WIC functions and service delivery. PCE puts the participant at the core of WIC service delivery and targets the most important determinants of behavior change: self-efficacy, skill building, and readiness to change. PCE focuses on a person's capacities, strengths and developmental needs, rather than solely on problems, risks or negative behaviors.

Within the PCE framework, the participant and the WIC staff form a partnership to engage in interactive discussions based on the particular needs and circumstances of the participant. This approach contrasts with the traditional, didactic WIC assessment and education model, which places the nutrition educator in an authoritative position, providing information and direction to the participant. Although the didactic approach is somewhat successful in delivering information and increasing nutrition knowledge, it is less effective at promoting real behavior change.

Family Case Management

The program target population is low income families (below 200% of the federal poverty level) with a pregnant woman, an infant or a child with a high-risk condition. The goals of the program are to help women have healthy babies and to reduce the rates of infant mortality and very low birth weight. To achieve these goals the program conducts outreach activities to inform expectant women and new mothers of available services and then assists them with obtaining prenatal and well-child care. The program works with community agencies to address barriers to accessing medical services, such as child care, transportation, housing, food, mental health needs and substance abuse services. Services are provided statewide through local health departments, federally qualified health centers and community-based organizations. Home visits by a public health nurse are provided to the families of infants with medical problems.

Program Statistics

Category Medicaid Non-Medicaid
Cook County
Children 10,920 2,573
Infants 23,257 2,655
Pregnant 12,052 1,342
Children 18,343 2,581
Infants 39,600 3,256
Pregnant 20,747 1,509
Children 29,263 5,154
Infants 62,857 5,911
Pregnant 32,799 2,851

Program Accomplishments

Family Case Management has contributed to the overall reduction in the state's infant mortality and has reduced expenditures for medical assistance during the first year of life. Program outcomes are more effective in the integrated system of Family Case Management and WIC. Recent statistics show:

  • The infant mortality rate is 50 to 70% lower
  • The rate of premature birth is 60 to 70% lower
  • Medicaid expenditures for health care in the first year of life are up to 50% lower
  • Participation in WIC and FCM saves Illinois an average of $200 million each year in Medicaid expenses

Bureau of Program & Performance Management

November 2013