Making The Connection Training - (630) 530-7802
new - Welcoming our new neighbors - Navigating public benefits
We are thrilled to be able to offer this new training series - free of charge! Please click HERE for more information.
ACA for Community Partners
This half-day session will provide an overview of the ACA and discuss a variety of ongoing considerations (e.g., special enrollment periods, reporting changes, subsidies, Medicaid). This session will explore lessons learned from the initial open enrollment period for the Marketplace and the need for ongoing support to consumers. This session is designed for providers, community partners and other advocates who work with vulnerable populations.
Non-Citizens & Public Benefits
This course will discuss the citizenship eligibility requirements for a variety of public benefit programs. The program will identify which benefits are available to non-citizens based on immigration status. This course will discuss a variety of issues that affect non-citizens and immigration status, including but not limited to human trafficking, domestic violence, deferred action, public charge, sponsor liability and mixed status households.
Domestic Violence & Public Benefits
Domestic Violence may impact access to public benefits in a number of ways. It may affect the amount of public benefits a person receives, may result in special or additional rules applying to the benefit and may result in additional benefits being available. This course will discuss the effects of violence in connection with public benefits.
Accessing Medical Benefits post-ACA: Medicaid & the Marketplace
This program will provide a detailed overview of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health coverage options. This program will also provide an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace, eligibility for subsidies and plan selection considerations. Eligibility requirements, application process, enrollment periods, external resources for assistance, common considerations and solutions to barriers/challenges will be discussed for each program.
Essentials of Cash Benefits
A number of Federal and State cash benefits programs exist for low-income individuals and families. This course will explore the cash benefits available through Social Security, Veterans Administration and the State of Illinois. The course will cover an overview of each program and eligibility requirements for each.
Essentials of Food Benefit Programs
A number of Food Benefits exist for low-income individuals and families. The primary focus of this course will be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); however a number of other food benefit programs will be discussed as well. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Free/Reduced School Lunch Programs, and local food pantries. This course will explore common myths about food benefits, eligibility, and potential access problems.