After experiencing several years of budget cuts, Illinois early intervention providers will see their reimbursement rates increase effective July 1, 2019. This comes as a result of a new state budget enacted by the Illinois General Assembly and the Pritzker administration which increased state dollars for the Early Intervention (EI) program by $12 million.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) has agreed to use $5 million of the increased funding to raise reimbursement rates for all EI providers. In addition, IDHS will
- increase early intervention developmental therapy rates by 6% and all other early intervention direct services by 3%.
- reduce co-payments for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to no more than 9% of a family’s gross income.
- implement a statewide marketing program to promote the availability of the Child Care Assistance Program, highlighting program and policy improvements that have been made.
- raise the income eligibility guidelines for CCAP to 200% of the federal poverty level and create an exit ramp at 225% of the federal poverty level, effective October 1, 2019.
A listing of IDHS budget highlights can be found here.