Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation

Aunt Martha’s provides support for community residents in need of access to public benefits 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.

If you need help applying for public assistance please us at (708) 747-7444.

HealthChoice Illinois LogoMedical Assistance

Starting January 1, 2018, managed care in Illinois is expanding to all counties statewide. The new, expanded program is called HealthChoice Illinois. Most Medicaid clients are required to enroll with one of the HealthChoice Illinois (managed care) health plans.

Aunt Martha’s enrollment assisters and outreach workers are trained to help families and individuals check their eligibility, and enroll or re enroll online at HealthCare.gov.

Our Navigators meet with all medical, dental, and behavioral health patients who don’t have insurance to see if they qualify for health insurance and help them enroll. After helping you enroll, our team can help explain how to keep your insurance, address coverage problems and denials, and re-certify as needed.

If you do not qualify for Medicaid, our outreach staff can explain your options for purchasing private insurance during the open enrollment season.

Food Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program LogoSNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.

Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card, which is accepted at most grocery stores.

Who can receive these services?

Most households with low income can get SNAP benefits. The most important factors which determine the amount of, and eligibility for, SNAP benefits are:

  • income and expenses;
  • the number of persons who live and eat together

What services are offered?

SNAP benefits can be used to buy:

  • Any food or food product for human consumption; and,
  • Seeds and plants for use in home gardens to produce food.

SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy:

  • Hot foods ready to eat;
  • Food intended to be heated in the store;
  • Lunch counter items or foods to be eaten in the store;
  • Vitamins or medicines;
  • Pet foods;
  • Any nonfood items (except seeds and plants);
  • Alcoholic beverages; or,
  • Tobacco

Women, Infants and Children Program LogoWIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program)

WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.

Who can receive these services?

Women and their children who are:

  • Pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby;
  • Infants and Children under 5 years old (including foster children);
  • Families with a low to medium income

What services are offered?

WIC can provide:

  • Special checks to buy healthy foods – like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans or peas, and peanut butter;
  • Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy;
  • Information and help about breastfeeding;
  • Help in finding health care and other services in your area