Public Aid

Client Focus: Janae and William

When Janae gave birth to William, things didn’t go exactly as planned. William was born premature and needed a hernia surgery, but for some reason, Janae could not get him a medical card to pay for the hospital bills. She was also having trouble getting other public benefits to supplement her income. Through the help…

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Big Changes Coming for People with Both Medicaid and Medicare

Let’s just say it: everyone hates managed care.  Yet more and more of us get shoved into it.  The latest victims: people who receive both Medicaid and Medicare.  It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s coming soon. The US Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging states to submit proposals for a Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative. …

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Link Card Follies

The best thing about the Illinois Department of Human Services is its highly developed sense of farce. Consider Jeff’s story. Recently Jeff went to his local IDHS office and applied for Food Stamps (also known as a Link Card … also known as SNAP … and no, that’s not really the farcical part of our…

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