093_HB3023ham001 LRB093 10034 DRJ 12962 a 1 AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 3023 2 AMENDMENT NO. . Amend House Bill 3023 by replacing 3 everything after the enacting clause with the following: 4 "Section 5. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by 5 changing Sections 11-1 and 11-20.1 as follows: 6 (305 ILCS 5/11-1) (from Ch. 23, par. 11-1) 7 Sec. 11-1. No discrimination). There shall be no 8 discrimination or denial of financial aid and social services 9 on account of the race, religion, color, national origin, 10 sex, marriage status, or political affiliation of any 11 applicant or recipient. 12 Participation in any marriage promotion or family 13 formation activity is voluntary. Non-participation shall not 14 affect any person's eligibility for or receipt of financial 15 aid or social services in any program under this Code. 16 Where financial aid or social services are granted to 17 certain classes of persons under a program for which federal 18 funds are available, nothing in this Section shall require 19 granting of financial aid or social services to other persons 20 where federal funds would not be available as to those other 21 persons. 22 (Source: P.A. 80-354.) -2- LRB093 10034 DRJ 12962 a 1 (305 ILCS 5/11-20.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 11-20.1) 2 Sec. 11-20.1. Employment; Rights of recipient and 3 obligations of Illinois Department when recipients become 4 employed; Assistance when a recipient has employment or 5 earned income or both. 6 (a) When a recipient reports employment or earned 7 income, or both, or the Illinois Department otherwise learns 8 of a recipient's employment or earned income, or both, the 9 Illinois Department shall provide the recipient with: 10 (1) An explanation of how the earned income will 11 affect the recipient's eligibility for a grant, and 12 whether the recipient must engage in additional work 13 activities to meet the recipient's monthly work 14 activities requirement and what types of activities may 15 be approved for that purpose, and whether the employment 16 is sufficient to cause months of continued receipt of a 17 grant not to be counted against the recipient's lifetime 18 eligibility limit. 19 (2) An explanation of the Work Pays budgeting 20 process, and an explanation of how the first month's 21 income on a new job will be projected, and how the 22 recipient should report the new job to avoid the 23 Department overestimating the first month's income. 24 (3) An explanation of how the earned income will 25 affect the recipient's eligibility for food stamps, 26 whether the recipient will continue to receive food 27 stamps, and, if so, the amount of food stamps. 28 (4) The names and telephone numbers of all 29 caseworkers to whom the recipient's case or cases are 30 assigned or will be transferred, an explanation of which 31 type of case each worker will be handling, and the 32 effective date of the transfer. 33 (5) An explanation of the recipient's 34 responsibilities to report income and household -3- LRB093 10034 DRJ 12962 a 1 circumstances, the process by which quarterly reporting 2 forms are sent to recipients, where and to whom the 3 reports should be returned, the deadline by which reports 4 must be returned, instructions on how to fill out the 5 reports, an explanation of what the recipient should do 6 if he or she does not receive the form, advice on how to 7 prove the report was returned by the recipient such as by 8 keeping a copy, and an explanation of the effects of 9 failure to file reports. 10 (6) If the recipient will continue to receive a 11 grant, an explanation of the recipient's new fiscal month 12 and a statement as to when the recipient will receive his 13 or her grant. 14 (7) An explanation of Kidcare, Family Assist, 15 Family Care, and the 12 month extension of medical 16 assistance that is available when a grant is cancelled 17 due to earned income. 18 (8) An explanation of the medical assistance the 19 person may be eligible for when the 12 month extension 20 expires and how to request or apply for it. 21 (9) An explanation of the availability of a child 22 care subsidy to all families below the child care 23 assistance program's income limit, how to apply for the 24 benefit through the Child Care Resource and Referral or 25 site-administered child care program or both, the nature 26 of the child care program's sliding scale co-payments, 27 the availability of the 10% earned income disregard in 28 determining eligibility for child care assistance and the 29 amount of the parent co-payment, the right to use the 30 subsidy for either licensed or license exempt legal care, 31 and the availability of benefits when the parent is 32 engaged in an education and training program. 33 (10) (Blank). 34 (11) (Blank). -4- LRB093 10034 DRJ 12962 a 1 (11a) (Blank). 2 (12) (Blank). 3 (13) An explanation of the availability of payment 4 for initial expenses of employment and how to request or 5 apply for it. 6 (14) An explanation of the job retention component 7 and how to participate in it, and an explanation of the 8 recipient's eligibility to receive supportive services to 9 participate in education and training programs while 10 working. 11 (15) A statement of the types of assistance that 12 will be provided to the person automatically or continued 13 and a statement of the types of assistance for which the 14 person must apply or reapply. 15 (16) If the recipient will not continue to receive 16 a cash grant and the recipient has assigned his or her 17 right to child support to the Illinois Department, an 18 explanation of the recipient's right to continue to 19 receive child support enforcement services, the 20 recipient's right to have all current support paid after 21 grant cancellation forwarded promptly to the recipient, 22 the procedures by which child support will be forwarded, 23 and the procedures by which the recipient will be 24 informed of the collection and distribution of child 25 support. 26 (17) An explanation of the availability of payments 27 if the recipient experiences a decrease in or loss of 28 earned income during a calendar quarter as to which the 29 monthly grant was previously budgeted based upon the 30 higher income. 31 (18) If the recipient will not continue to receive 32 a cash grant, an explanation of the procedures for 33 reapplying for cash assistance if the person experiences 34 a decrease in or loss of earned income. -5- LRB093 10034 DRJ 12962 a 1 (19) An explanation of the earned income tax credit 2 and the procedures by which it may be obtained and the 3 rules for disregarding it in determining eligibility for 4 and the amount of assistance. 5 (20) An explanation of the education and training 6 opportunities available to recipients. 7 (b) The information listed in subsection (a) shall 8 be provided to the recipient on an individual basis during an 9 in-person meeting with a representative of the Illinois 10 Department. The individual in-person meeting shall be held 11 at a time which does not conflict with the recipient's work 12 schedule within 30 days of the date the recipient begins 13 working. If the recipient informs the Illinois Department 14 that an in-person meeting would be inconvenient, the Illinois 15 Department may provide the information during a home visit, 16 by telephone, or by mail within 30 days of the date the 17 recipient begins working, whichever the client prefers. 18 (c) At the conclusion of the meeting described in 19 subsection (b), the Illinois Department shall ensure that all 20 case transfers and calculations of benefits necessitated by 21 the recipient's employment or receipt of earned income have 22 been performed, that applications have been made or provided 23 for all benefits for which the person must apply or reapply, 24 and that the person has received payment for initial expenses 25 of employment. 26 (Source: P.A. 91-331, eff. 7-29-99.) 27 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 28 becoming law.".