Government Programs- Eligibility Guidelines

(Updated 07/18/2017)
Most updates occurred when the poverty level was changed in Feb 2017

AABD
Aid to Aged, Blind & Disabled
Affordable Care Act
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Benefits Access Application
License Plate Discount
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Community Care Program
 
Earned Income Tax Credit
EITC
Employment Assistance
 
Energy Assistance
Utility Bill Assistance or LIHEAP
Extra Help
(Low Income Subsidy for Medicare Part D)
Farmers Market Coupons
 
Family Health Insurance
Including CHIP for Kids
Families Raising Children
Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities
 
Homestead Exemptions
 
Medicaid
 
Medicare Part A
Hospital Costs
Medicare Part B
Doctor & Medical Costs
Medicare Advantage Plans
Medicare supported private health insurance
Medicare Part D
Drug Costs
Money Management Program
 
People with Disabilities
 
Poverty Level
 
Prevention of Spousal Impoverishment
 
QI
Qualifying Individual
QMB
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary
Qualified Disabled Working Individual
 
Senior Employment Assistance
 
SLMB or SLIB
Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary
SNAP
Food Stamps
Social Security
 
Social Security Disability
 
SSI
Supplemental Security Income
TANF
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Veteran Programs
 
Weatherization
 
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Social Security
(Updated Jan 2017)

logo for the social security administrationIn 2017, Social Security benefits increased by 0.03%.

Social Security is a retirement income benefit for individuals aged 62 and older and who have attained at least 40 credits of employment from the Social Security Administration while they were employed. A credit in 2017 is $1,300 earned in a quarter of the year.

Disability and survivor's income benefits may be available for people younger than age 62.

Partial retirement income benefits can begin as early as age 62, but the income benefit amount is reduced. The amount of the reduction is based on when someone was born and how early they start receiving Social Security benefits. Reduced benefits do not increase as a result of an early retiree reaching their full retirement age (see "Full Retirement Age" chart below).

Full retirement income benefits are obtained when someone waits until their full retirement age (see "Full Retirement Age" chart below) to begin receiving their benefits.

People who receive retirement income benefits and continue to work may have their benefits affected as described below.

Increased retirement income benefits are credited to people who continue to work past their full retirement age before they commence receiving their Social Security benefits.

Full retirement age is the age when someone can commence receiving Social Security retirement income benefits without a reduction in the amount credited. The age that someone reaches full retirement age increases in steps from age 65 to age 67 (note that the age for survivor's benefits is slightly different from this chart).

Year of Birth Full Retirement Age
1937 or earlier 65
1938 65 and 2 months
1939 65 and 4 months
1940 65 and 6 months
1941 65 and 8 months
1942 65 and 10 months
1943-1954 66
1955 66 and 2 months
1956 66 and 4 months
1957 66 and 6 months
1958 66 and 8 months
1959 66 and 10 months
1960 and later 67

Before choosing a retirement date, contact the Social Security Administration about 3 months prior to the date of retirement in order to understand what options are available to determine the best month to start collecting benefits. People can apply in person, online at Social Security, or by phone at 1.800.772.1213.

Have the following documents available in order to apply for retirement income benefits.

Other documents will be needed for non-citizens or to receive survivor's benefits.

Social Security Disability earned income threshold for the working, non-blind, disabled people in 2017 is $1,170 per month and for working blind disabled people is $1,950 per month. The trial work period earned income threshold is $840 per month (source: Social Security).

Use this link for more information on Social Security & Income.

Source: Medicare costs at a glance

Medicare Part A
(Updated Jan 2017)

Medicare logoHospitalization insurance for people aged 65 and older and individuals of any age who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for two or more years. Coverage includes inpatient hospitalization, critical access hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care (but not long-term "custodial" nursing home care), home health care, and hospice.

Most people should apply for Medicare at age 65 even if they are still working unless they are covered by their employer's group health insurance. People who receive Social Security will automatically be enrolled in Medicare at age 65. Most people do not pay a monthly Part A premium (see "Part A premium buy-in" below for those who did not work enough to earn the required 40 credits of Medicare coverage).

Hospital deductible- in 2017 you pay:

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)- This is not the same as long-term "custodial" nursing home care. You must be hospitalized under Part A coverage for at least three consecutive days for the same illness prior to admission to the Medicare-approved SNF. In 2017 you pay:

Home Health Care- no deductible or copay if approved, limited to medically necessary part-time skilled care of a homebound individual.

Hospice- no deductible or copay, but you pay $5 for outpatient drugs and 5% of the Medicare-approved amount for inpatient respite care.

Blood- obtained while hospitalized is free after you pay for the first 3 units.

Inpatient Mental Health Care- In 2017 you pay:

Part A premium buy-in. Most retirees & their spouses (probably 99 percent) do not pay a monthly Part A premium. However, for people who did not work enough to earn 40 credits of Medicare coverage, there is a Part A buy-in premium. In 2017 the amount is:

These figures may change next year. Use this link for more information on Medicare.

Sources: Medicare costs at a glance and HHS.gov

Medicare Part B
(Updated Feb 2017)

Medicare logoMedical insurance for people aged 65 and older and individuals of any age who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for two or more years. Coverage includes physician care, outpatient hospital care, some services of home health care that Part A does not cover, other medically necessary services, and some preventive care or wellness services.

Most people should apply for Medicare at age 65 even if they decide to delay their retirement date (unless they are covered by their employer's group health insurance). If someone fails to apply for Medicare at age 65 (there is a 7-month window to apply for the first time), they can enroll in Part B only during the open enrollment period annually, from January 1 to March 31 and in some instances, the monthly Part B premium may be more than the amount shown below.

Part B monthly premium depends on the beneficiaries' income (see chart below).

Your Medicare Part B Monthly Premium in 2017
If Your Annual Income is...
You Pay Single Married Couples Filing Joint Tax Return Married Couples Filing Separate Tax Return
$109.40 for people on Medicare prior to 2016.
$127.92 for people new to Medicare in 2016, lost MSP or Medicaid, or did not have the premium taken out of their Soc Sec check.
$134.00 for people new to Medicare in 2017, lose MSP or Medicaid, or do not have the premium taken out of their Soc Sec check.
$85,000 or less $170,000 or less  $85,000 or less
$187.50 $85,000 to $107,000 $170,000 to $214,000 Not Applicable
$267.90 $107,000 to $160,000 $214,000 to $320,000 Not Applicable
$348.30 $160,000 to $214,000 $320,000 to $428,000 $85,000 to $129,000
$428.60 Above $214,000 Above $428,000 Above $129,000

The Part B annual deductible- In 2017 you pay:

Copay is used throughout this Website to mean both coinsurance and copayment.

The Part B per visit copay is 20% of approved charges after the deductible is met. You may pay more if your doctor or medical supplier does not accept assignment from Medicare or Medicare does not find the procedure to be medically necessary. Always ask first!

Durable Medical Equipment- There is a 20% copay for the approved amount. You may pay more if the medical supplier does not accept assignment from Medicare or Medicare does not find the procedure to be medically necessary. Always ask first!

Laboratory services- are free for approved amounts.

Outpatient hospital services- You pay a set copay amount depending on the service.

Outpatient mental illness claims- you pay 20% for the initial visit / review of medications amount and 40% for treatment amount that Medicare approves.

Blood- you pay for the first 3 units, then 20% of the approved amount for additional pints of blood after meeting the deductible.

These figures may change next year. Use this link for more information on Medicare.

Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare Advantage Plans (MA Plans) are available for anyone with Medicare, regardless of income or age. There are many different MA Plans available in Illinois. MA Plans are approved by Medicare, but administered by private companies.

When you join an MA Plan, you are still in Medicare. MA Plans provide all of your Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical) coverage and must cover medically-necessary services. They generally offer extra benefits, and many include Part D drug coverage.

You still must pay your Medicare Part B monthly premium plus any additional amount required by the MA Plan you choose.

MA Plans often have networks, this means that you may have to see doctors who accept the MA Plan you have chosen or go to certain hospitals to get covered services at the plan's lowest cost.

MA Plans include Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS), and Medical Savings Account (MSA) plans.

Use this link for more information on Medicare Advantage Plans.

Source: Medicare costs at a glance

Medicare Part D
Prescription Drug Assistance for People with Medicare

Medicare prescription drug plans are available for anyone with Medicare. There are many different drug plans available in Illinois. These drug plans are approved by Medicare, but administered by private companies.

When you join a Medicare prescription drug plan, you are still in Medicare. Prescription drug plans provide assistance with some or all of your medication needs, depending on the plan that you choose.

Annually, between October 15 through December 7, Medicare beneficiaries may enroll in a prescription drug plan, and currently enrolled beneficiaries can change plans if there is one that better meets their drug needs. Except under certain circumstances, beneficiaries will not have another chance to enroll or switch to a better drug plan until the following year.

Medicare beneficiaries who are satisfied with their current prescription drug plan do not have to do anything. Crucial factors when deciding whether your current drug plan serves your needs are the monthly costs and whether your medications will continue to be covered by the plan next year. Medicare prescription drug plans can change their medication list, also known as a formulary, with Medicare's approval.

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Qualified Medicare Beneficiary
QMB
(Updated Feb 2017)

QMB pays for Medicare Part A (not everyone pays a premium) & Part B premium, annual deductible, and per visit copay charge for all Medicare covered services. If a Medicare beneficiary is approved for QMB, their Social Security check will not have the Part B premium amount deducted. There is no estate recovery in Illinois. Apply in Illinois through the ABE website online or a paper MSP application. The applicant must be enrolled in at least Medicare Part A and meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Some states exempt these income sources:

In all states, these assets are not counted:

The monthly income limits are 100% of the poverty level, although many states disregard some income. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Sources: Medicare Savings Programs and in IL: WAG 25-03-02-(2)

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary
SLMB or SLIB
(Updated Feb 2017)

SLMB or SLIB pays the Medicare Part B premium for people with income higher than the QMB program. There is no estate recovery in Illinois. Apply in Illinois through the ABE website online or a paper MSP application. The applicant must be enrolled in at least Medicare Part A and meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Some states exempt these income sources:

In all states, these assets are not counted:

The monthly income limits are between 100% and 120% of the poverty level, although many states disregard some income. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Sources: Medicare Savings Programs and in IL: WAG 25-03-02-(2)

Qualifying Individual
QI Program
(Updated Feb 2017)

The QI program pays for the Medicare Part B premium for people with income higher than the SLMB / SLIB program. There is no estate recovery in Illinois. Apply in Illinois through the ABE website online or a paper MSP application. The applicant must be enrolled in at least Medicare Part A and meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Some states exempt these income sources:

In all states, these assets are never counted:

The monthly income limits are between 120% and 135% of the poverty level, although many states disregard some income. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Sources: Medicare Savings Programs and in IL: WAG 25-03-02-(2)

Poverty Level
(Updated Feb 2017)

Many programs use these figures, or a percentage of these figures, in determining eligibility. Some of these programs are SNAP (formerly called food stamps), QMB, SLMB, QI, QDWI, Medicaid, energy assistance or LIHEAP, and Weatherization programs. The income guidelines for the programs will be changed when each program publishes its own income guidelines. However, some programs, such as TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SSI or Supplemental Security Income, and the Earned Income Tax Credit program, do NOT use these figures in determining eligibility.

These figures are for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. These figures may change each year.

Source: HHS Poverty Guidelines

Medicaid
(Updated Feb 2017)

Medical assistance for people age 65+, blind, or disabled. This program is often used to finance nursing home care after an individual's life savings have been exhausted. Use the following link to view eligibility information for immigrants and foreign nationals. All SSI income is disregarded. Any non-SSI income over the limits will be counted as a spend down amount. Apply at a county office of the Illinois Dept. of Human Services or through the ABE website online. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Up to $20 of income may be disregard.

The monthly income limits are 100% of the poverty level. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Source in IL: WAG 25-03-02-(2)

Aid to the Aged, Blind, & Disabled
AABD

Cash assistance for people age 65+, blind or disabled, are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants, and live in Illinois. The income guidelines and benefit amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis (generally based on poverty guidelines, but family costs for certain items are considered). Countable asset limits are $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple. People eligible for AABD can also obtain Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps). Apply at a county office of the Illinois Dept. of Human Services or through the ABE website online.

Source in IL: AABD Program

Prevention of Spousal Impoverishment
Community Spouse Maintenance Needs Allowance

The amount of monthly income and assets that a person can keep when their spouse enters a long-term care nursing home or requests the services of the Illinois Community Care Program (CCP) and state financial assistance (Medicaid) is used to help pay for these services. Illinois uses liens and estate claims to recover medical and cash assistance provided on behalf of Medicaid recipients. Apply at a county office of the Illinois Dept. of Human Services.

These figures remain fixed in Illinois until the poverty level rises to a level that eclipses these amounts.

Source in IL: WAG 15-04-04-a

Use this link for more information on Spousal Impoverishment.

Supplemental Security Income
SSI
(Updated Feb 2017)

Supplemental income for older adults (aged 65 or older), the blind, and people with disabilities. The benefit is the amount that brings these individual's total income up to the amounts below when their income is less than the amounts below. Apply at a local Social Security office.

Income exclusions: All recipients- the first $20-85 (depends on the state and type of income) per month of any income, except income received from a spouse or other person. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Source in IL: WAG 25-03-02-(2) and Social Security.

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Employment Assistance
(Updated Feb 2017)

Senior Employment Specialist Program

Helps adults who are aged 55+ find employment and job training programs. Training is the critical link that assists individuals with re-entering the workforce. Many older adults have lost their jobs later in their career. For these older adults, this program is vital in assisting the older adult to get back into the workforce.

Senior Community Services Employment Program

Provides unemployed, low-income adults aged 55 years and older with part-time jobs working in local nonprofit, government, and faith-based agencies providing services in the community. Working in their community service assignments, participants earn income while they build their self-confidence and learn skills valued by local employers. Applicants must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

The monthly income limits are 125% of the poverty level. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

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Benefits Access Application
BAA, formerly Circuit Breaker

Benefits include:

Apply online at Illinois Department on Aging or local senior center.

Eligibility includes people who are aged 65 & older, widow or widower who turned 63 before their spouse's death who was eligible, and people with disabilities aged 16 or older. Applicants can apply in the calendar year they turn age 65 or become disabled.

 The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

The applicant's income from the previous year is used to determine eligibility. The income limits are not expected to change.

Community Care Program
CCP

Adult Day Services, Choices for Care (nursing home prescreening), Community Care for Residential Services, Emergency Home Response System, and Homemaker services for people aged 60 or older who are Medicaid eligible. Apply with the Illinois Dept. on Aging by calling the Illinois Senior HelpLine at 1.800.252.8966. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Eligible persons may have up to $17,500 ($35,000 for couples if both eligible) in countable assets, unless Prevention of Spousal Impoverishment applies.

These figures are not expected to change.

Many agencies offer private pay homemaker services to anyone regardless of their income or assets.

Use this link for Division of Rehab if under age 60 and have a disability.

Homestead Exemptions & Real Estate Tax Payment Deferral

The property tax relief- Homestead Exemptions for Illinois can be found on the website for the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Apply for the Homestead Exemptions at your county clerk or local tax assessor's office.

Use this link to see the Illinois State Statues.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP, formerly food stamps
(Updated Feb 2017)

Financial assistance with food purchases. Use the following link to view eligibility information for immigrants and foreign nationals. Apply at a county office of the Illinois Dept. of Human Services or through the ABE website online. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

The monthly income limit is and 200% of the poverty level when there is at least one person in the household who is age 60+ or is disabled and 165% of the poverty level when no one in the household is age 60+ or disabled. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Household income may be higher for certain elderly people and people with disabilities who may be subject to specified "net" income guidelines.

Source in IL: SNAP Program

Illinois Volunteer Money Management Program
(Updated Feb 2016)

For senior adults who need help managing their finances and paying their bills. Tasks include opening and organizing mail, setting up a household budget, balancing a checkbook, paying bills, and/or serving as a Social Security representative payee. Volunteers are bonded and supervised. Call 1.800.642.7773 in Southern Illinois or 1.800.252.8966 elsewhere in Illinois. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

For victims of documented abuse (adults age 60+ and people 19+ with disabilities), eligibility limits are listed below.

Many areas of the state, including Southern Illinois, offer this service for a small fee to individuals who have incomes or assets above these limits. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Source in IL: IL VMMP

Illinois Farmers Market Coupons
(Updated May 2017)

Senior adults with low or moderate income can obtain coupons that can be redeemed for fresh fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets in southern Illinois from July through October. The coupons can be obtained starting in late June or early July at various area senior adult centers for use at participating farmers markets. Use this link for more information on the Farmers Market program and where the coupons can be obtained and used. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

The monthly income limits are 185% of the poverty level. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Veteran Programs

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs works with over one million veterans living in the state. Many people are not aware of benefits available to those who have served in our nation's military. Benefits include educational opportunities, employment preference, camping & admission waivers to state parks and other state sites, disabled veterans license plates, and burial benefits.

Illinois Veterans Homes

Illinois veterans of wars are eligible for admittance into an Illinois Veterans Home located in Quincy, Manteno, LaSalle, and Anna. The cost is based on ones ability to pay but the maximum charge for residency. Coverage includes room, food (including special diets and supplements), medication, all levels of medical care, recreation and activities, and any special therapy or treatment prescribed by the attending physician. Some costs of care are not covered and must be paid directly by the resident or responsible surrogate. Currently, there are about 1,000 veteran beds in the state and a waiting list for occupancy.

Veteran-Directed Home Care
A VIP service

Helps veterans find in-home care services (personal care, housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping) needed for them to stay in their own home. VDHC allows eligible veterans to hire their own workers, including family members, and decide for themselves what services they want provided for them.  VDHC helps with veterans who are isolated and their caregiver who is experiencing burnout. The veteran must be enrolled at a VA Medical Center.

For more information or to make a referral, contact your social worker at a VA Outpatient Clinic. In Southern Illinois, contact the Veteran Program Coordinator at the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging at 1.888.895.3306.

Veterans Aid & Attendance Program

A grant for veterans to help them pay for in-home care. The veteran must be enrolled at a VA Medical Center. Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension.

Since Aid & Attendance and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates. A veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid & Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time. Use this link for more information on the VA.

The Aid & Attendance benefit is considered to be the third tier of the VA's improved pension. The other two tiers are known as "Basic" and "Housebound." Each tier has its own level of benefits and qualifications. While the objective of this site is to disseminate information on the Aid & Attendance level of the pension, often referred to as Aid & Attendance, we encourage you to view the other two levels in the event you or your loved one does not qualify for Aid & Attendance. Use this link for more information on the basic and housebound tiers. Apply with your social worker at the VA's outpatient clinic or at a VA Medical Centers in Illinois.

Veterans Care

Provides comprehensive healthcare to veterans without health insurance, are under age 65, were honorably discharged from the military, are income eligible, and are not eligible for federal healthcare through the U.S. Veterans Administration. Eligible individuals pay a monthly premium of either $40 or $70 depending on their income. Veterans may apply for Veterans Care by either downloading an application from the website, or by going to their local Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Office. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services determines eligibility, notifies the Veteran and handles the premium payments. Individuals may learn more about this program on the Illinois Veterans Care website. Eligibility guidelines vary by county of residence.

Veterans Pension

Veterans Pension may be available for wartime veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from disabilities not related with service in the military if they have limited income. Veterans Pension may be also available for the spouse of a veteran. Wartime service bonus payments and POW and survivors compensation are available for certain Illinois residents.

If a veterans death is non-service connected, and he or she served in wartime, spouses may be eligible for pension benefits if he or she has limited income. While veterans often receive benefits based upon their status, older veterans are also very much a part of the general senior community. Everyone aged 60 and older may participate in one or more of the available senior programs, such as in-home services, transportation, elderly meals program, and more.

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Families Raising Children

Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC program helps reduce the income tax burden on low-income workers. It can reduce an eligible worker's income liability, even below zero resulting in a "refund" to the worker. Illinois also adds a state EITC credit based on the federal EITC amount. There are special income rules for disabled veterans and the clergy (see source below).

To get EITC credits, the worker must file a Schedule EIC with their annual federal & state income tax returns.

The EITC requirements are:

Children may be natural children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, or nephews; including adopted, foster, half, and step relatives. In addition, children must be:

Source: IRS

Family Health Plans
Includes All Kids & CHIP
(Updated Feb 2017)

These programs are comprised of six health insurance plans that provide a full range of health benefits to eligible children 18 years of age and younger, and their parents or relative caregivers. To be eligible, individuals must:

Children covered under All Kids Assist have no premiums or copay. For more information visit the All Kids website. Apply at a county office of the Illinois Dept. of Human Services or through the ABE website online.

Source: DHS

SNAP (food stamps) use this link to view SNAP information.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
TANF

TANF helps with cash and other benefits for pregnant women and caregiver relatives raising one or more children. TANF can help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical. Apply at a county office of the Illinois Dept. of Human Services or through the ABE website online.

To qualify for TANF, a person must:

What services are offered under TANF?

Source in IL: TANF DHS 586

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People with Disabilities

Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities
HBWD
(Updated Feb 2017)

Health insurance for individuals with disabilities in Illinois who return to work. Enrollees in HBWD pay a monthly premium depending on income and family size. In order to qualify for HBWD, an individual must be at least 16 years of age and under 65, meet the Social Security definition of disability (except that the ability to work and earn more than the Substantial Gainful activity amount is not part of the disability determination process), and be employed, which is defined as proof of payment of FICA, IMRF, or the equivalent. Apply by calling the hotline at 1.800.226.0768 or online. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Some earned income may be disregarded.

The monthly income limits are 350% of the poverty level. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Source in IL: WAG 06-21-01

Qualified Disabled Working Individual
QDWI
(Updated Feb 2017)

Pays Medicare Part A monthly premium (but not deductible or copay) for working people with disabilities under age 65 who have lost premium-free Medicare Part A benefits due to returning to work and not otherwise eligible for Medicaid benefits. No estate recovery in Illinois. Apply at a county office of the Illinois Dept. of Human Services or through the ABE website online. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Up to $85 of earned income may be disregarded in Illinois.

The monthly income limits are between 200%-400% of the poverty level plus disregarded income. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Sources: Medicare Savings Programs and in IL: WAG 06-06-03

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Community Action Agencies

These agencies often provide Anti-Drug Abuse, Economic Development, Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Foster Grandparents, Head Start, Homeless Assistance, Housing, Job Counseling & Training, Literacy Training & Basic Education, Outreach & Referral, Surplus Food Distribution, Transportation, Home Weatherization, and Women, Infants & Children (WIC).

Community Services Block Grant
CSBG
(Updated Feb 2017)

Assist low-income people with Job Training & Education, Employment Assistance, Food Pantry, Food Vouchers, Health-Related Activities, Housing Assistance, Family Budget Counseling, Outreach, Information, Referral, federal Surplus Food Distribution, Family Case Management, and coordination of services with local governments, community based organizations and the private sector. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

Use this link to locate a CAA agency funded for CSBG serving your county.

The monthly income limits are 125% of the poverty level. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.

Source for IL: Community Services Block Grant

Home Weatherization Program
(Updated Aug 2016)

Helps to weatherize or insulate a home. There may possibly be help with a heating system. Rental homes are eligible with restrictions. Use this link to locate an agency serving your county. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

The income limit is 150% of the 2016 poverty level. These figures do not always change when the poverty level changes.

Energy Assistance
Utility Bill Assistance or LIHEAP
(Updated Aug 2016)

Helps pay for heating bills. The first two months of program (Sept. 1 through Oct. 30) are set aside for eligible people aged 60 or older and people with disabilities. Need proof of household gross income for last 30 days, current energy bill, Social Security number for everyone in household, TANF medical card for anyone receiving benefits, and either proof of home ownership and insurance or rental agreement or receipt that shows the amount of rent. The benefit amount is based on the eligible household's last 30-days income, amount of utility bills, and type of heating source. The average benefit amount is approximately $400-$500 per household. Use this link to locate an agency serving your county. The applicant must meet the eligibility guidelines below.

The income limit is 150% of the 2016 poverty level. These figures do not always change when the poverty level changes.

Sources: HHS Office of Community Services, Benefits.gov, LIHEAP, and Home Weatherization


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