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Join Kristin Hartsaw for an overview of the Ticket to Work programs available through the Social Security Administration. Learn how persons receiving disability benefits may return to work. Register now before its too late.

Join Kristin Hartsaw for a presentation on the public benefits programs available to working families.  Participants will learn about the following programs:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (including the new child subsidy through the American Rescue Plan)

  • Child Care Resource and Referral Program

  • Medicaid Considerations

Webinar Details

Day:     Wednesday

Date:    May 12, 2021

Time:    10:00 - 11:30 AM

Cost:     N/A     

DHS Public Charge Rule Blocked Permanently

DuPage Federation applauds the Biden administration’s decision to drop its litigation defense of the Trump administration’s public charge regulation. We also commend the work of our partners who challenged the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge rule here in Illinois (Cook County, Illinois et al. v. Mayorkas et al filed in the Northern District of Illinois). The Legal Council for Health Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, National Housing Law Project, and Sidley Austin LLP brought the case on behalf of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Goldberg Kohn Ltd. brought the case on behalf of Cook County.

The Trump administration’s public charge policy is no longer in effect because federal courts have dismissed the government’s previous appeals. The long-standing 1999 “field guidance” will apply, effective immediately, allowing immigrants and their families to use the health, nutrition, and housing programs they qualify for without fear that their use of the program will affect their admissibility to the United States under public charge regulation.   

It is also worth noting that testing, treatment, and preventative services for COVID-19 – including vaccines – are not part of public charge. In addition, pandemic relief payment(s) (stimulus checks) are also not part of public charge.  

DuPage Federation looks forward to our continued collaboration with partner organizations that comprise the Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois coalition. Together, we will inform and educate partners and community members on the impact of this change, further assuring that immigrant families are welcome, safe, and healthy.  

Protecting Immigrant Families Illinois (PIF-IL) has shared a helpful fact sheet for the 1999 public charge guidance.

Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors

Beginning December 1, 2020, Illinois will be the first state in the country to offer medical coverage to non-citizens who are age 65 and older and who do not have a qualifying immigration status for Medicaid through the Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors program.  This program is funded entirely by the state will will provide access to medical benefits similar to the AABD Program (Aid for Aged, Blind, and Disabled).  For more details download the Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors fact sheet.

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