(215 ILCS 106/7)
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, with respect to applications for benefits provided under the Program, eligibility shall be determined in a manner that ensures program integrity and that complies with federal law and regulations while minimizing unnecessary barriers to enrollment. To this end, as soon as practicable, and unless the Department receives written denial from the federal government, this Section shall be implemented:
(a) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services or its designees shall:
(1) By no later than July 1, 2011, require
verification of, at a minimum, one month's income from all sources required for determining the eligibility of applicants to the Program. Such verification shall take the form of pay stubs, business or income and expense records for self-employed persons, letters from employers, and any other valid documentation of income including data obtained electronically by the Department or its designees from other sources as described in subsection (b) of this Section.
(2) By no later than October 1, 2011, require
verification of, at a minimum, one month's income from all sources required for determining the continued eligibility of recipients at their annual review of eligibility under the Program. Such verification shall take the form of pay stubs, business or income and expense records for self-employed persons, letters from employers, and any other valid documentation of income including data obtained electronically by the Department or its designees from other sources as described in subsection (b) of this Section. A month's income may be verified by a single pay stub with the monthly income extrapolated from the time period covered by the pay stub. The Department shall send a notice to the recipient at least 60 days prior to the end of the period of eligibility that informs them of the requirements for continued eligibility. Information the Department receives prior to the annual review, including information available to the Department as a result of the recipient's application for other non-health care benefits, that is sufficient to make a determination of continued eligibility for medical assistance or for benefits provided under the Program may be reviewed and verified, and subsequent action taken including client notification of continued eligibility for medical assistance or for benefits provided under the Program. The date of client notification establishes the date for subsequent annual eligibility reviews. If a recipient does not fulfill the requirements for continued eligibility by the deadline established in the notice, a notice of cancellation shall be issued to the recipient and coverage shall end no later than the last day of the month following the last day of the eligibility period. A recipient's eligibility may be reinstated without requiring a new application if the recipient fulfills the requirements for continued eligibility prior to the end of the third month following the last date of coverage (or longer period if required by federal regulations). Nothing in this Section shall prevent an individual whose coverage has been cancelled from reapplying for health benefits at any time.
(3) By no later than July 1, 2011, require
verification of Illinois residency.
(b) The Department shall establish or continue cooperative
arrangements with the Social Security Administration, the
Illinois Secretary of State, the Department of Human Services,
the Department of Revenue, the Department of Employment Security, and any other appropriate entity to gain electronic
access, to the extent allowed by law, to information available to those entities that may be appropriate for electronically
verifying any factor of eligibility for benefits under the
Program. Data relevant to eligibility shall be provided for no
other purpose than to verify the eligibility of new applicants or current recipients of health benefits under the Program. Data will be requested or provided for any new applicant or current recipient only insofar as that individual's circumstances are relevant to that individual's or another individual's eligibility.
(c) Within 90 days of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall send notice to current recipients informing them of the changes regarding their eligibility verification.
(Source: P.A. 101-209, eff. 8-5-19.)