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92_SB0927 LRB9204620DJmgA 1 AN ACT in relation to children's health. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Children's Health Insurance Program Act 5 is amended by changing Sections 20 and 22 as follows: 6 (215 ILCS 106/20) 7 (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2002) 8 Sec. 20. Eligibility. 9 (a) To be eligible for this Program, a person must be a 10 person who has a child eligible under this Act and who is 11 eligible under a waiver of federal requirements pursuant to 12 an application made pursuant to subdivision (a)(1) of Section 13 40 of this Act or who is a child who meets the following 14 criteria: 15 (1) Is a child who is not eligible for medical 16 assistance.
;17 (2) Is a child whose annual household income, as 18 determined by the Department, is above 133% of the 19 federal poverty level and at or below 185% of the federal 20 poverty level. In making a determination of income 21 eligibility under this paragraph (2), the Department 22 shall accept an applicant's attestation that a child 23 satisfies the household income requirement of this 24 paragraph. The attestation is subject to verification by 25 the Department after the child's enrollment in the 26 program if the child meets all other applicable 27 eligibility requirements. In verifying income 28 eligibility under this paragraph, the Department may, 29 within an appropriate period of time, use any reasonable 30 means to verify a child's household income. The 31 Department may not determine that a child's household -2- LRB9204620DJmgA 1 income is unverifiable for the sole reason that the 2 applicant is unable to provide pay stubs or other 3 statements of income from an employer or other person. ;4 (3) Is a resident of the State of Illinois. ; and5 (4) Is a child who is either a United States 6 citizen or included in one of the following categories of 7 non-citizens: 8 (A) unmarried dependent children of either a 9 United States Veteran honorably discharged or a 10 person on active military duty; 11 (B) refugees under Section 207 of the 12 Immigration and Nationality Act; 13 (C) asylees under Section 208 of the 14 Immigration and Nationality Act; 15 (D) persons for whom deportation has been 16 withheld under Section 243(h) of the Immigration 17 and Nationality Act; 18 (E) persons granted conditional entry under 19 Section 203(a)(7) of the Immigration and Nationality 20 Act as in effect prior to April 1, 1980; 21 (F) persons lawfully admitted for permanent 22 residence under the Immigration and Nationality Act; 23 and 24 (G) parolees, for at least one year, under 25 Section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality 26 Act. 27 Those children who are in the categories set forth in 28 subdivisions (4)(F) and (4)(G) of this subsection, who enter 29 the United States on or after August 22, 1996, shall not be 30 eligible for 5 years beginning on the date the child entered 31 the United States. 32 (b) A child who is determined to be eligible for 33 assistance shall remain eligible for 12 months, provided the 34 child maintains his or her residence in the State, has not -3- LRB9204620DJmgA 1 yet attained 19 years of age, and is not excluded pursuant to 2 subsection (c). Eligibility shall be re-determined by the 3 Department at least annually. 4 (c) A child shall not be eligible for coverage under 5 this Program if: 6 (1) the premium required pursuant to Section 30 of 7 this Act has not been paid. If the required premiums are 8 not paid the liability of the Program shall be limited to 9 benefits incurred under the Program for the time period 10 for which premiums had been paid. If the required 11 monthly premium is not paid, the child shall be 12 ineligible for re-enrollment for a minimum period of 3 13 months. Re-enrollment shall be completed prior to the 14 next covered medical visit and the first month's required 15 premium shall be paid in advance of the next covered 16 medical visit. The Department shall promulgate rules 17 regarding grace periods, notice requirements, and hearing 18 procedures pursuant to this subsection; 19 (2) the child is an inmate of a public institution 20 or a patient in an institution for mental diseases; or 21 (3) the child is a member of a family that is 22 eligible for health benefits covered under the State of 23 Illinois health benefits plan on the basis of a member's 24 employment with a public agency. 25 (Source: P.A. 90-736, eff. 8-12-98.) 26 (215 ILCS 106/22) 27 (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2002) 28 Sec. 22. Enrollment in program. 29 (a) The Department shall develop procedures to allow 30 community providers, andschools, youth service agencies, 31 employers, labor unions, local chambers of commerce, and 32 religious organizations to assist in enrolling children in 33 the Program. -4- LRB9204620DJmgA 1 (b) The Department shall encourage and facilitate the 2 enrollment of children in the program under this Act with 3 their enrollment in the National School Lunch Program, the 4 School Breakfast Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition 5 Program for Women, Infants and Children, Head Start, and 6 similar programs having an income-eligibility requirement so 7 that, to the extent possible, a family does not have to 8 submit information needed to determine eligibility for these 9 programs more than once. 10 (Source: P.A. 91-470, eff. 8-10-99; 91-471, eff. 8-10-99; 11 revised 6-23-00.) 12 (215 ILCS 106/97 rep.) 13 Section 6. The Children's Health Insurance Program Act is 14 amended by repealing Section 97. 15 Section 10. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by 16 adding Sections 5-1.3 and 5-1.4 as follows: 17 (305 ILCS 5/5-1.3 new) 18 Sec. 5-1.3. Enrollment in other programs. The Department 19 shall encourage and facilitate the enrollment of children in 20 the medical assistance program under this Article with their 21 enrollment in the National School Lunch Program, the School 22 Breakfast Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program 23 for Women, Infants and Children, Head Start, and similar 24 programs having an income-eligibility requirement so that, to 25 the extent possible, a family does not have to submit 26 information needed to determine eligibility for these 27 programs more than once. 28 (305 ILCS 5/5-1.4 new) 29 Sec. 5-1.4. Child's income eligibility. In making a 30 determination of a child's income eligibility for medical -5- LRB9204620DJmgA 1 assistance under this Article, the Department shall accept an 2 applicant's attestation that a child satisfies the household 3 income requirement of this Article. The attestation is 4 subject to verification by the Department after the child's 5 enrollment in the medical assistance program if the child 6 meets all other applicable eligibility requirements. In 7 verifying income eligibility under this Section, the 8 Department may, within an appropriate period of time, use any 9 reasonable means to verify a child's household income. The 10 Department may not determine that a child's household income 11 is unverifiable for the sole reason that the applicant is 12 unable to provide pay stubs or other statements of income 13 from an employer or other person. 14 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 15 becoming law.
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