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Resources For People with Disabilities in Southern Illinois

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HBWD
(Updated Apr 23, 2022)

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.

  • 1 person household, $4,053 income per month and $25,000 countable assets
  • 2 person household, $5,429 income per month and $25,000 countable assets
  • Add $1,376 for each additional person in the household

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

QDWI
(Updated Apr 23, 2022)

Pays Medicare Part A monthly premium (but not deductible or co-pay) 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.

  • 1 person household, up to $4,632 income per month and $4,000 of countable assets.
  • 2 person household, up to $6,204 income per month and $6,000 of countable assets.
  • Add $1,572 for each additional person in a household

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

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).

CSBG
(Updated Apr 23, 2022)

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.

  • 1 person household, $1,448 income per month
  • 2 person household, $1,939 income per month
  • Add $491 for each additional person in the household

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

(Updated Apr 23, 2022)

Helps to weatherize or insulate a home in order to reduce utility costs. 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.

  • 1 person household, $25,760 income per year
  • 2 person household, $34,840 income per year
  • Add $6,810 per year for each additional person in the household

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

Utility Bill Assistance or LIHEAP
(Updated Apr 23, 2022)

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.

  • 1 person household, $1,610 income per month
  • 2 person household, $2,178 income per month
  • 3 person household, $2,745 income per month
  • Add $568 for each additional person in the household

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

Sources: HHS Office of Community ServicesBenefits.govLIHEAP, and Home Weatherization

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