Child Care Payment Update- July 6, 2015

APPROVED PAYMENTS

There was a slight technical issue with some payments entered on 6/29/15.  Instead of those payments being approved on 7/2/15, it appears MOST of those should be approved tonight 7/6/15.  Also, scheduled to approve tonight will be SOME (not all) payments entered on 7/1/15.  DHS always notes MOST on the approval of payments because some payments get held up for individual technical issues or other provider specific issues.  There is a slight chance some more payments entered in on 7/1 and 7/2/15 will be approved around 7/10/15.  However, it is a slight chance, and if those are not approved late this week, we should be able to start approving those payments and MOST entered on 7/1 and later when the mid-month funding becomes available around 7/15/15.

Providers can generally view approved payments at:

www.dhs.state.il.us

*Go to tab:  FOR PROVIDERS

*Click on:  PAYMENTS

*Click on:  PROVIDER PAYMENT INQUIRY

Enter:  SS# or FEIN

Click on:  Submit

-most recent approved payment will be noted at the top of the page.  The CVR column is the approved date.

PAYMENTS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER

Currently, payments approved by DHS on 7/1/15  are scheduled to be  issued by The Office of the Comptroller on 7/6/15.  As always, payments will continue to be issued 1-3 working days after being approved by DHS.

***NOTE, payments issued on 7/2/15 will not be in the accounts of direct deposit or debit card until Tuesday 7/7/15, because of the holiday and weekend combined.****

  • Reminder on the issue process:Generally, payments are issued 1-3 working days after the payments are approved by DHS.  Payments are issued at night.  Paper checks are mailed the working day following the issue date of the payment.  Payments issued as direct deposit and debit card should be in accounts two working days from the issue date of the payment.  Weekends and holidays are not working days.  (example:  payment issued on a Thursday is mailed on Friday.  Direct deposit and debit card payments issued on Thursday, are in accounts on Monday. Add an extra day for a holiday).    *

Providers can see issued payments at:

www.ioc.state.il.us

*Go to Financial Inquiries (tab at top of the page)

*click on Vendor Payments

* Enter SS# or FEIN (click OK)

*For the next two pages click on Gray Boxes at bottom  (Payments and Find Warrants)

Most recent payment will be listed at top of the page.

July 6, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Child Care Program Changes- Effective July 1, 2015

Due to significant projected FY16 funding shortfalls, the Department of Human Services is reducing the Child Care Assistance Program benefits to ensure the continued sustainability of CCAP despite the limited available financial resources projected for FY16.

Eligibility guidelines for acceptance into the program and the copay amounts have changed significantly.

Please click the link below for a complete outline of these changes

July 2, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Child Care 800 line still not working correctly- Update on Payments June 30th

**At his time  1-800-804-3833 is still having technical difficulties.  Staff are hopeful the problem will be fixed soon.**

APPROVED PAYMENTS

On 6/29, DHS approved MOST of the payments entered on 6/25.  For tonight, 6/30, DHS should approve MOST of the payments entered on 6/26.  MOST payments  entered on 6/29 and 6/30 should be approved by around 7/2.   DHS always notes MOST on the approval of payments because some payments get held up for individual technical issues or other provider specific issues.  Funds will remain available to approve MOST payments entered in June within 2-3 working days after entry. .

**For processing of payments in July.

**At this point funding should be available, and we should have a fairly normal processing time schedule during July.  We expect to be able to approve SOME (not all) payments entered on 7/1 around 7/7.  Otherwise, as normal, MOST payments should start to be approved around July 15th or 16th.   If changes occur, we will update.**

Providers can generally view approved payments at:

www.dhs.state.il.us

*Go to tab:  FOR PROVIDERS

*Click on:  PAYMENTS

*Click on:  PROVIDER PAYMENT INQUIRY

Enter:  SS# or FEIN

Click on:  Submit

-most recent approved payment will be noted at the top of the page.  The CVR column is the approved date.

PAYMENTS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER

Currently, payments approved by DHS on 6/26  are scheduled to be  issued by The Office of the Comptroller on 6/30.  As always, payments will continue to be issued 1-3 working days after being approved by DHS.

  • Reminder on the issue process:Generally, payments are issued 1-3 working days after the payments are approved by DHS.  Payments are issued at night.  Paper checks are mailed the working day following the issue date of the payment.  Payments issued as direct deposit and debit card should be in accounts two working days from the issue date of the payment.  Weekends and holidays are not working days.  (example:  payment issued on a Thursday is mailed on Friday.  Direct deposit and debit card payments issued on Thursday, are in accounts on Monday. Add an extra day for a holiday). 

June 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Changes to Child Care Assistance Program Slated to Begin July 1, 2015

We have been getting many questions about the upcoming changes in the CCAP program-. On June 2nd, 2015, Governor Rauner announced these drastic  changes to the Child Care Assistance Program that threaten access for many low-income families. CCR&R staff have been instructed  to begin implementation as proposed, this Wednesday July 1st.  These changes will go into effect regardless of whether a budget agreement is reached or not in FY16.

The changes are:
1.Increase Parent Co-pays (increases range from $10-$58 for a family)- parent’s copays will be changed at time of rede

2.Freeze intake and move to a waiting list for all ages bringing caseload numbers down, There are four exceptions and applications from families that meet the following will still be approved.

Under Federal law, four priority populations must continue to have access to child care even if the state institutes a waiting list for the general population. Those priority categories are:
1.TANF recipients
2.Teen Parents
3.Children with special needs
4.Families at 50% of the Federal Poverty Level ($838/month for a family of 3; $1,011/month for a family of 4

3.Require background checks (fingerprinting)for relatives who care for children,

4.Link access to child care subsidies to claims filed by a parent for child support

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We encourage families who don’t meet the above criteria to still submit an application to have their name placed on a waiting list so they will be notified if/ when additional funds become available and can apply again.

June 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Child Care Payment Update- June 24, 2015

APPROVED PAYMENTS

On 6/23, DHS approved MOST of the payments entered on 6/19.  For tonight, 6/24, DHS should approve MOST of the payments entered on 6/22.  DHS always notes MOST on the approval of payments because some payments get held up for individual technical issues or other provider specific issues.  Funds should remain available to approve MOST payments entered in June within 2-3 working days after entry. .

**For processing of payments in July.

At this point funding should be available, and we should have a fairly normal processing time schedule during July.  We expect to possibly be able to approve a small portion of payments in the first day or two of July.  Otherwise, as normal, MOST payments should start to be approved around July 15th or 16th.   If changes occur, we will update.**

Providers can generally view approved payments at:

www.dhs.state.il.us

*Go to tab:  FOR PROVIDERS

*Click on:  PAYMENTS

*Click on:  PROVIDER PAYMENT INQUIRY

Enter:  SS# or FEIN

Click on:  Submit

-most recent approved payment will be noted at the top of the page.  The CVR column is the approved date.

PAYMENTS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER

Currently,  payments approved by DHS on 6/22 were issued by The Office of the Comptroller on 6/23.  As always, payments will continue to be issued 1-3 working days after being approved by DHS.

  • Reminder on the issue process:

Generally, payments are issued 1-3 working days after the payments are approved by DHS.  Payments are issued at night.  Paper checks are mailed the working day following the issue date of the payment.  Payments issued as direct deposit and debit card should be in accounts two working days from the issue date of the payment.  Weekends and holidays are not working days.  (example:  payment issued on a Thursday is mailed on Friday.  Direct deposit and debit card payments issued on Thursday, are in accounts on Monday. Add an extra day for a holiday).

Providers can see issued payments at:

www.ioc.state.il.us

*Go to Financial Inquiries (tab at top of the page)

*click on Vendor Payments

* Enter SS# or FEIN (click OK)

*For the next two pages click on Gray Boxes at bottom  (Payments and Find Warrants)

Most recent payment will be listed at top of the page.

June 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Child Care Payment Update- June 16th

APPROVED PAYMENTS

Payments have started to approve again. Last night, 6/15, DHS approved MOST of the payments entered on 6/2, and some payments entered on 6/3.  Tonight, 6/16, DHS should be approving MOST payments entered on 6/3 not already approved, MOST payments entered on 6/4, and some payments entered on 6/5.  DHS always notes MOST on the approval of payments because some payments get held up for individual technical issues or other provider specific issues.  Funding should remain available and many more payments should be approved throughout this week and next.   We are hopeful the backlog will be caught up in another day or two.

Providers can generally view approved payments at:

www.dhs.state.il.us

*Go to tab:  FOR PROVIDERS

*Click on:  PAYMENTS

*Click on:  PROVIDER PAYMENT INQUIRY

Enter:  SS# or FEIN

Click on:  Submit

-most recent approved payment will be noted at the top of the page.  The CVR column is the approved date.

PAYMENTS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER

As always, payments will continue to be issued 1-3 working days after being approved by DHS.

  • Reminder on the issue process: Generally, payments are issued 1-3 working days after the payments are approved by DHS.  Payments are issued at night.  Paper checks are mailed the working day following the issue date of the payment.  Payments issued as direct deposit and debit card should be in accounts two working days from the issue date of the payment.  Weekends and holidays are not working days.  (example:  payment issued on a Thursday is mailed on Friday.  Direct deposit and debit card payments issued on Thursday, are in accounts on Monday. Add an extra day for a holiday).
  • Providers can see issued payments at:
  • www.ioc.state.il.us
  • Go to Financial Inquiries (tab at top of the page)
  •  *click on Vendor Payments
  •  Enter SS# or FEIN (click OK)
  • *For the next two pages click on Gray Boxes at bottom  (Payments and Find Warrants)
  • Most recent payment will be listed at top of the page.

June 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Child Care Payment Update – June 3, 215

APPROVED PAYMENTS

Tonight, 6/3, DHS should be approving MOST payments entered on 6/1.  DHS always notes MOST on approval of payments because some payments get held up for individual technical issues or other provider specific issues.  On 6/4, it appears a small portion of payments entered on 6/2 should become approved by DHS.  After 6/4, DHS probably won’t be approving payments until around 6/15 when the  normal mid-month funding becomes available.

Providers can generally view approved payments at:

www.dhs.state.il.us

*Go to tab:  FOR PROVIDERS

*Click on:  PAYMENTS

*Click on:  PROVIDER PAYMENT INQUIRY

Enter:  SS# or FEIN

Click on:  Submit

-most recent approved payment will be noted at the top of the page.  The CVR column is the approved date.

PAYMENTS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER

As always, payments will continue to be issued 1-3 working days after being approved by DHS.

Reminder on the issue process:Generally, payments are issued 1-3 working days after the payments are approved by DHS.  Payments are issued at night.  Paper checks are mailed the working day following the issue date of the payment.  Payments issued as direct deposit and debit card should be in accounts two working days from the issue date of the payment.  Weekends and holidays are not working days.  (example:  payment issued on a Thursday is mailed on Friday.  Direct deposit and debit card payments issued on Thursday, are in accounts on Monday. Add an extra day for a holiday).    *click on Vendor Payments*For the next two pages click on Gray Boxes at bottom  (Payments and Find Warrants)

  • Most recent payment will be listed at top of the page.
  • * Enter SS# or FEIN (click OK)
  • *Go to Financial Inquiries (tab at top of the page)
  • www.ioc.state.il.us
  • Providers can see issued payments at: www.ioc.state.il.us

    *Go to Financial Inquiries (tab at top of the page)

    *click on Vendor Payments

    * Enter SS# or FEIN (click OK)

    *For the next two pages click on Gray Boxes at bottom  (Payments and Find Warrants)

    Most recent payment will be listed at top of the page.

June 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

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