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Illinois Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Illinois.

 

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

State Fair Employment Agency
Illinois Department of Human Rights
312.814.6200
www.illinois.gov/dhr/Pages/default.aspx

Vocational Rehabilitation
Illinois Department of Human Services
800.843.6154
www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29737

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
Get Covered Illinois
866.311.1119
www.getcoveredillinois.gov/

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program & External Appeals
Illinois Attorney General
877.305.5145
www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/healthcare.html

Illinois Department of Insurance
312.814.2420 or 217.782.4515
www.insurance.illinois.gov

HIPAA Plans/High Risk Insurance
Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan
217.782.6333
www.chip.state.il.us/index.html

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-Illinois
Illinois Department of Insurance
866.311.1119
https://www.illinoisworknet.com/DownloadPrint/COBRA_ILDeptofInsurance.pdf

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
All Kids
866.255.5437
www.allkidscovered.com

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/il/index.html

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
888.586.8717
www.hfs.illinois.gov/medical/apply.html

Illinois High Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP)
Illinois Department of Human Services
800.843.6154
www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?Item=19229

Illinois Home Services Program
Illinois Department of Human Services
800.843.6154
www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29738

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
800.252.8966
https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/ship/Pages/default.aspx

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Illinois Department of Employment Security
800.244.5631
www.ides.illinois.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Agency: Illinois Department of Employment Security

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/default.aspx

File here: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/aboutides/Pages/10%20Things%20You%20Should%20Know.aspx or by phone. Customer service: (800) 244-5631 and TTY: (866) 488-4016. Make weekly certifications here: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/Certify_Weekly_Benefits.aspx. The maximum weekly benefit for an individual is $484, and the maximum weekly benefit for an individual with dependents is $669. Benefits may be claimed for a maximum of 26 weeks. There is a chat feature available on the website to answer basic questions. A comprehensive guidebook is available here: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/IDES%20Forms%20and%20Publications/CLI105L.pdf Payment is available via direct deposit or debit card. To remain eligible, you must register for the Employment Service. See: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/Employment_Registration_Requirement.aspx. There is a comprehensive guidebook available here: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/IDES%20Forms%20and%20Publications/CLI105L.pdf.

Updates relating to Illinois unemployment benefits and Covid-19: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx, https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/News%20%20Announcements%20Doc%20Library/Federal-Stimulus-FAQ-April2020.pdf, and https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/.

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

215 ILCS §5/364.01 – No individual or group policy may be cancelled or not renewed due to an enrollee’s participation in a qualified clinical trial. In order to be considered “qualified,” the clinical trial must be testing a treatment that has not been determined relative to established therapies. Furthermore, only Phase II, III, and IV clinical trials may qualify. Next, the trial must either be approved by the U.S. F.D.A. or by one of the following: (1) National Institutes of Health (2) CDC, (3) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, (4) U.S. Dept. of Defense, (5) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (6), or a cooperative group or center of any entity set forth herein. Lastly, the participant’s primary care physician must be involved in the coordination of care.

NOTE: There is currently no Illinois law that requires health plans to cover patient care costs in clinical trials. (current as of 7/2011).

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=097-0091&GA=97

Paid Family Sick Leave

Illinois does not have paid family leave. However, both the City of Chicago and Cook County require employers to allow employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Statewide legislation is currently pending.