What are the functions of the Illinois Department of Public Aid?


Quick Answer

The Illinois Department of Public Aid, renamed the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, provides health-care coverage to both children and adults who meet Medicaid’s qualifications. The state agency also provides child support services to ensure that children from Illinois get financial assistance from their parents.

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The agency has two main divisions: the Division of Child Support Services and the Division of Medical Programs. The Division of Child Support Services is responsible for establishing child support orders and collecting support payments. It caters to individuals who receive or have stopped receiving public assistance as well at those who have never obtained public assistance. Services provided by the division include finding a noncustodial parent, securing health insurance and support payments for children, evaluating support orders, and making changes to the support orders when necessary.

The Division of Medical Programs administers medical assistance programs. It caters to low-income families and senior citizens, children in state custody, people with disabilities and people with huge medical bills by providing them with health-care coverage. It also provides services such as immunizations, prenatal services, organ transplants and vision screenings. The division also operates other programs such as the Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities program, FamilyCare program, All Kids program, and Supportive Living program.

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