Health Information Center

Federal Programs and Information

Americans with Disabilities Act – Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities – From the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. This recently published document provides information on general requirements, commonly asked questions, and information regarding accessible exam rooms and medical equipment.

EPSDT and Title V Collaboration to Improve Child Health – The Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program is the child health component of Medicaid. It’s required in every state and is designed to improve the health of low-income children, by financing appropriate and necessary pediatric services. This website provides information about how EPSDT works with public health, families, managed care organizations, pediatricians, and other health providers.

Federal Poverty Level Calculator – A calculator for determining Federal Poverty Level for eligibility guidelines from the Coalition of Community Health Clinics.

Find A Health Center – Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Type in your address and click the ‘Find Health Centers’ button to find health centers near you.

Maternal and Child Health Library – A Virtual Guide to MCH Information – An online directory for finding community services for children and families.

Medicaid as a Second Language: A Slightly Irreverent Guide to Common Medicaid Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviations – This guide is designed for policymakers, advocates, legislators, consumers, family members, and providers – in short, for anyone interested in financing care for children and youth with special health care needs at the state level, and in particular through the Medicaid program.

Social Security Office Locations in Illinois – Click on either the address or city to get the local and/or toll-free phone number.

Social Security Red Book – The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.

Social Security Representative Payee Information – Social Security appoints a relative, friend, institution or other interested party to receive benefits on behalf of more than seven million people who need help managing their money. These representative payees use the benefits on the personʼs behalf and have to file a report every year showing how the funds were used. Until recently, this was done by filling out a paper report form and mailing it to Social Security. Now representative payees can submit their annual accounting reports online.

SSI and SSDI – A Comparison –  A chart comparing the two programs from Health & Disability Advocates and The Make Medicare Work Coalition.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children and Youth with Disabilities – A Policy Statement – The purpose of this statement is to provide updated information about the SSI medical and financial eligibility criteria and the disability-determination process.

The Office of Minority Health – The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Site Tools & Resources – This section of the CMS website has an Acronym Lookup Took, a Glossary Tool, Frequently Asked Questions, and many other helpful resources.