Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Includes persons who are foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes in the categories of non-citizens who are eligible for cash or medical assistance under the Code. Defines "foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes". Provides that beginning January 1, 2017, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall provide medical assistance coverage to foreign-born victims of human trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes and to their derivative family members who: reside in Illinois; are not otherwise eligible under the Code; meet certain income guidelines; and have filed or are preparing to file a formal application for status pursuant to specified provisions of the United States Code. Provides that such a person is ineligible for continued medical assistance coverage if he or she has not filed a formal application for status within one year after the date of his or her application for cash assistance or SNAP benefits; and that if there is a final denial of the person's visa or asylum application, any medical assistance coverage provided to that person and his or her derivative family members shall be terminated. Adds the Survivor Support and Trafficking Prevention Article to the Code with provisions concerning: cash assistance and SNAP benefits for persons who are foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes and their derivative family members; eligibility determinations; work requirements and exemptions; and termination of benefits. Grants the Department rulemaking authority to implement these provisions. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Changes the date upon which the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall begin providing medical assistance coverage to foreign-born victims of human trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Provides that such coverage shall be subject to federal approval. Makes changes to provisions concerning eligibility criteria and adds a provision concerning the extension of benefits under certain conditions. Provides that the program is inoperative on and after June 30, 2019. Effective immediately.