Health & Disability Advocates



HDA's TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT: Public Benefits Resource Materials for Providers & Consumers

HDA's Technical Assistance Project, is a program designed to help individuals better access health care and public benefits programs. The project created HDA TIPS, a set of public benefits resource materials designed for hospital providers, case handlers and social workers to help their patients access the programs and services they need. HDA TIPS materials are pocket sized and are used to refer individuals to applicable programs, assist in completing applications, and help when problems occur in accessing these programs.

To download your copy of the HDA TIPS public benefits resource guide click here.

The HDA Patient Library is a set of fact sheets on a wide range of programs and services available to individuals receiving care at a hospital. Hospital staff can download the materials here and distribute them to their patients who have questions on public benefits and social services. These one-page fact sheets offer written answers to questions that commonly arise as individuals navigate the complex public benefits systems. To download Patient Library materials, click on one of the links below:

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By building on their extensive experience in working with these programs, HDA has developed this unique method of disseminating information to both consumers and service providers. Using their relationships with Chicago area hospitals and health care providers, HDA attempts to increase enrollment in Medicaid and other government medical and public benefit programs by conducting trainings and providing educational materials to both potential program applicants and their healthcare providers.

Through the Chicago Medical Legal Partnership for Children, HDA staff conducts ongoing trainings with hospital staff on the various programs and services available to their patients. As part of these trainings, they survey hospital case handlers on the public benefits resources currently available to them and the information that they have difficulty accessing. Based on the feedback they receive from hospital staff, HDA continually updates and develops new topics for their HDA TIPS and HDA Patient Library Materials to maintain a comprehensive set of public benefits resources.