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2024 Immigrant Integration Forum

The 2024 Annual Immigration Integration Forum provided numerous resources, to which we continue to add.  Please feel free to visit the forum's follow up webpage to access recording of the event, slide decks, and additional resources.

UPDATED DESK AID - Income Limits for Public Benefits and ACA Health Insurance Marketplace (current as of 03/28/2024)

We have updated our  FPL income limits for Medicaid, Marketplace, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Desk Aid (current as of March 28, 2024).  To download a copy of the updated desk aid, use the button below.

REGISTRATION OPEN - Making the Connection Training Series

DuPage Federation's Public Benefits Access program is excited to announce the return of its Making the Connection Training Series - a series of three informative webinars designed to increase an organization's community impact.  Whether you are a seasoned provider or just starting out, these webinars are tailor-made to empower local organizations in their efforts to make a difference in their communities!  For more information about each webinar and to register, please visit our Public Benefits Access page.

UPDATED DESK AID - Immigrant Eligibility Reference Tool 
(current as of 12/15/2023)

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DuPage Federation is excited to unveil the newly enhanced Immigrant Eligibility Reference Tool.  This resource empowers users to swiftly assess eligibility criteria for a range of public benefits based on specific immigration statuses. Additionally, the tool provides information and links related to the application for public benefits, such as common documents that verify citizenship status and classifications that receive work authorization.  The tool also provides valuable resources for additional services and benefits accessible to immigrants across Illinois and DuPage County.

For questions and assistance, please contact Summer Alzawawi, Program Director of Public Benefits Access at salzawawi@dupagefederation.org.

Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors (HBIS) to Pause New Enrollments (effective 11/06/2023)

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has provided public notice that new enrollment in the Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors (HBIS) program will be temporarily paused effective November 6, 2023. 

 

The HBIS program offers a benefit package with $0 premiums and $0 co-payments.  Nonemergency inpatient hospitalizations, nonemergency emergency room visits and nonemergency hospital or ambulatory surgical treatment center outpatient services may require co-payments or cost-sharing.

 

Covered services included doctor and hospital care, lab tests, rehabilitative services such as physical therapy, home health, mental health, and substance abuse disorder services, dental and vision services, and prescription drugs.


There are several requirements for eligibility but all immigrant seniors, ages 65 and older, are encouraged to apply for the program by 5:00PM November 5, 2023.  Applications can be submitted using any of the following methods:

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Public Benefits Training for Early Childhood Providers

DuPage Federation has developed an interactive training course for providers who are interested in learning the basics of public benefits, specifically Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to provide guidance and support to their clients who may benefit from these services.  The course includes information that is relevant to  providers who serve families with young children including early childhood providers. The training is self-paced and provides the learner with the following information about Medicaid, TANF and SNAP:

  • What is it?                    

  • Who is eligible?            

  • What are the benefits?

  • How to apply?              

 

The training is free for providers who serve DuPage County residents and $10.00 for providers  who do not serve residents of DuPage County.  To request access to the training, use the Register button below.  Please note, the contact information we ask you to provide will ONLY be used to confirm location and to send you access to the training.

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