SNAP  (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

  • SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
  • SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.
  • The application process begins the day your DHS office receives your signed application. You will be asked to come to the office for an interview or participate by phone if you are unable to come to the office.You will be asked for various types of documents such as:proof of your identity proof of your residence proof of Social Security numbers for all people on your application other types of documents depending on your circumstances.The DHS caseworker will tell you what you need to bring.​

Medical Assistance

Medinah Society, inc. NFP provides support to advocate for community residents in need of access to public benefit programs, such as medical coverage and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, as well as other benefit programs such as Unemployment Insurance Benefits and WIC. Medinah Society, inc. NFP provides new application assistance, renewal application assistance and can help with general questions and referrals. 

If you need help applying for public assistance please call or email us 773-274-0426 or 

Things to know 

about Marketplace

Food Assistance


  • In all states, Medicaid provides free or low-cost care for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
  • In some states the program covers all adults below a certain income level.
  • Medicaid programs must follow federal guidelines, but coverage and costs may be different from state to state. Some Medicaid programs pay for your care directly. Others use private insurance companies to provide Medicaid coverage.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program)

  • WIC-Women Infant Children is a federal funded program implemented by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health that provides pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, children and infants with nutrition assistance.
  • Pregnant, breast-feeding or post-partum women are eligible. Infants up to one year of age and children up to 5 years of age. Participants must both be low income and at nutritional risk. 
  • To apply for WIC benefits bring the following: Two current paycheck stubs or Public Aid Card, Birth certificate, Shot records of your child, Picture ID/Social Security Card, Current Bill or Mail, Health Referral form completed by your health care provider. 

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • In all states, CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women.
  • Each state works closely with its state Medicaid program.
  • In many cases, if you qualify for Medicaid your children will qualify for either Medicaid or CHIP.

Most people are eligible to use the Health Insurance Marketplace.

To be eligible for health coverage through the Market place, you:

  • Must live in the United States
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national ( or be lawfully present). Can't be currently incarcerated

If you have Medicare Coverage, you're not eligible to use the Marketplace to buy a health or dental plan.

Important Dates and Deadlines

11/15/2014: Open Enrollment starts -- the first day you can apply for 2015 coverage

12/15/2014: The last date to enroll for coverage that starts 01/01/2015

12/31/2014: Date when all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled

01/01/2015: The date 2015 coverage can start if you apply by December 15, 2014, or if you accept automatic enrollment in your 2014 plan or a similar plan

02/15/2015: The last day to enroll in 2015 coverage. If you miss the deadline, you can't sign up for a helath plan inside or outside the Marketplace for the rest of 2015. The only exception is if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Illinois All Kids

  • The All Kids program offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers.
  • Some families pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but rates for middle-income families are significantly lower than they are on the private market.
  • For instance, a family of four that earns between $45,000 and $67,000 a year pays a $40 monthly premium per child, and a $10 co-pay per physician visit.

Public Benefits Assistance