The Family Investment Program (FIP), the Food Stamp Program, and Medicaid are part of the Economic Assistance given by the DHS.  


  Lee County, Iowa - DHS
- Economic Services

Family Investment Program (FIP) Food Stamp Program Medicaid

The Family Investment Program (FIP)
FIP replaced Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) in Iowa. This program's goal is to help you leave poverty and become self-supporting. FIP offers you training or education, allows you to keep and save more of the money you earn, and teaches YOU how to deal with the problems your family may face.

FIP assistance is available to families who qualify without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, political belief, and mental or physical disability.

FIP assistance is available to one-parent families and to relatives caring for children whose parents are absent.

Also, FIP-Unemployed Parent or FIP-Incapacitated Parent assistance is available to two-parent families. For the Unemployed Parent Program, both parents must register with Iowa Workforce Development and follow work and training rules. One parent must participate in the FIP-UP work program. the FIP Incapacitated Parent program is available for families with a disabled parent. FIP provides cash payments based on the income and size of your family. There are several rules you must meet to get FIP benefits. Please contact the Lee County Department of Human Services for more information.

You can get an application from any county DHS office. You and your children should apply for FIP assistance in the county in which you live.

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The Food Stamp Program
The Food Stamp Program helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. You may be able to get food stamps if you:
Work for low wages
Are unemployed or work part time
Receive welfare or other assistance payments
Are elderly or disabled and live on a small income
Are homeless
 
State public assistance agencies run the program through their local offices. The basic rules are the same everywhere.

The amount of food stamps you can get is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Thrifty Food Plan, which is an estimate of how much it costs to give your household nutritious, low-cost meals. The estimate is changed every year to keep pace with food prices.

In the Food Stamp Program, a household is a group of people who live together and buy food and prepare meals together for all people in the group. If your household passes the program's eligibility tests, the amount of food stamps you get will depend on the number of people in your household and on how much monthly income is left after certain amounts (deductions) are subtracted.

For most households, food stamps are only part of their food budgets; they must spend some of their own cash along with their food stamps in order to buy enough food for a month.

For more information, contact us at the Lee County Department of Human Services. If you live outside of Lee County, contact your local food stamp office. It is probably listed under "Social Services Department" or "Food Stamps" in the State or local government pages of the telephone directory.

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Medicaid
Medicaid is an assistance program which pays for covered medical and health care costs of persons who qualify. The Medicaid program is funded by the federal and state governments and is managed by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS).

"Medically Needy" is a program designed to provide medical coverage for you if you have either limited income or high medical expenses that use up most of your income. If you have too much income or resources to be eligible for case assistance, but not enough to pay for medical expenses, you may qualify under the Medically Needy program.

The Medically Needy program may not pay all of your medical expenses. You may be responsible to pay some of your medical expenses.

Pregnant Women - You may qualify for the Medically Needy program if:
You are pregnant and
Your income exceeds the Mothers and Children (MAC) program income limits and your resources do not exceed $10,000.

People under 21 - You may qualify for the Medically Needy program if:
You are under 21 and
You would be eligible for the Family Investment Program (FIP), the Child Medical Assistance Program (CMAP), or MAC except that your income or resources exceed the limits.

People who are aged, blind, or disabled - You may qualify for the Medically Needy program if:
You would be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) except that your income or resources exceed limits and
You are age 65 or older or
You are legally blind, with central visual activity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of corrective lens, or
You are disabled with a physical or mental impairment which prevents you from working and has lasted or is expected to last a continuous period of at least 12 months.

Adults who care for dependent children under age 18 (19 if still in school) - You may qualify for the Medically Needy program if:
You are a caretaker relative (parent, incapacitated stepparent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, etc.) of a dependent child under age 18, or under age 19 if still in school, and
You would qualify for FIP except that your income or resources exceed FIP limits.

There are other requirements for receiving Medicaid. Contact the Lee County Department of Human Services for more information, or to apply.

The Family Investment Program (FIP), the Food Stamp Program, and Medicaid are part of the Economic Assistance given by the DHS.

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