Thank you for all the advocacy this week!  There is a lot of information to share:

Great news from HFS: Illinois Medicaid & CHIP Eligibility Changes and Requests to Address COVID-19

HFS is requesting CMS approval of eligibility changes as a part of a package of requests to maximize flexibility within the Medicaid program. Examples of the eligibility flexibilities are listed below. HFS is working with CMS on the details of several of these flexibilities and may request additional flexibilities as needed.  Check out the entire list here.

Eligibility Flexibilities HFS is Enacting with Documentation to CMS:

  • Accept Applicant Attestation without Documentation: In determining Medicaid and CHIP eligibility for most applicants, accept client statement for income and several other factors of eligibility without requiring applicants to provide documentation. (email notification to CMS and CMS concurrence to state for Medicaid, CHIP SPA)
  • Delay Eligibility Renewals: Delay reviews of medical eligibility known as “redeterminations”. (concurrence for Medicaid, 1115 Waiver and CHIP SPA to further extend for 12 months before next renewal)
  • Delay Action on Changes that Would Adversely Affect Eligibility: Delay state action on changes in circumstances that would end or reduce client eligibility for medical programs. (concurrence for Medicaid, CHIP SPA)

Eligibility Flexibilities for which HFS is Requesting CMS Approval:

  • Disregard Assets: In order to speed the processing of applications for those in the Aged, Blind and Disabled category, disregard all assets to determine eligibility. (Medicaid SPA)
  • Increase Disregards for Clients on Spend Down: Disregard spend down amounts in order to speed processing of coverage for those in the Spend Down program. (Medicaid SPA)
  • Waive Premiums and Co-Payments: Waive client premiums and co-payments in the AllKids and Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities programs. (Medicaid and CHIP SPAs)

DDD Releases New Guidance

Draft Covid-19 DSP Training

This Information Bulletin provides guidance for hiring, redeployment and training for the
• New Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) hired during the COVID-19 crisis
• Redeployment of current staff to DSP roles
• Sharing of staff between community providers
• Medication Administration changes.

Please be advised that the DDD has attached to this email a DRAFT Information Bulletin draft for your review and comment.  Please send any communication to  PLEASE share with me your thoughts on the draft bulletin at

Draft Homebased Services Bulletin

The Division just released a DRAFT bulletin regarding Homebased Services and Fee For Services.  Please review.  Please share with me your thoughts and questions on the draft at

Gov Pritzker Announces New Nonprofit Fund The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, are establishing the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Governor Pritzker tagged his sister, former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, to build the fund. And to show their commitment to the effort, the governor and his wife, M.K.,have given $2 million to it, and their family foundation gave an additional $2 million and Penny also donated $1.5 million to the effort.  We are trying to find out next steps.