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Connecting to Medicaid and SNAP (CFBU)

We connect CPS families to public benefits such as SNAP and free and low-cost health insurance.

CPS Children and Family Benefits Unit (CBFU) connects CPS families to public benefits such as SNAP (food stamps) and free and low cost health insurance (Medicaid). Along with application assistance, provided by community partners, CBFU also helps families renew and manage their public benefit cases by ensuring that applications are successfully completed and submitted to the Illinois Department of Human Services. For any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or fill out this form to request SNAP and Medicaid assistance.

Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance (Medicaid)

Medbag icon Provides comprehensive healthcare that includes doctor's visits, hospital stays, emergency room care, prescription drugs, asthma inhalers, vision exams and eyeglasses, hearing aids, immunizations, and dental care.

Need help with your health insurance application or managing your case? Please see map below to find an enrollment site near you or see this list of sites. We can also contact you directly by filling out this form.

SNAP (Food Stamps)

Apple Icon Provides a resource to ensure that families have regular access to healthy foods.

Need help with your SNAP application? Please see map below to find an enrollment site near you or see a list of SNAP sites. We can also contact you directly if you fill out our form.

  • To apply please call our Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437). We can also contact you directly by filling out our contact form.
  • You also have the option to apply on your own with the Illinois Department of Human Services. In our Other Resources tab you will find links to finding an office closest to you and IDHS’ online Public Benefits application, also known as ABE.

Why Should You Apply?

CPS understands that if children are hungry or miss school because of health-related issues, they will be less likely to succeed academically. Having health insurance and adequate food at home helps to ensure that children have a healthy start. SNAP can increase a family's income by up to 30% a year. Additionally, for every $5 spent using SNAP benefits, approximately $9.20 is generated in the local economy. Families, students, communities, and schools can all benefit from these programs

You can get help with applications for these programs at any of the benefit enrollment sites shown on the map above.

Other ways to get help:

Student Health and Wellness

773-553-KIDS (5437)

oshw@cps.edu

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602