Illinois Medicaid

Information on Illinois Medicaid Program

Illinois Medicaid provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons for Illinois residents.  The purpose of Medicaid in Illinois is to improve the health of people in Illinois who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children.  Medicaid is both funded by the Federal and State cooperative working together.

Primary health services funded through Medicaid are physician, hospital and long term care. Additional medical coverage includes drugs/prescriptions, medical equipment and transportation, family planning, laboratory tests, x-rays and other medical services.

The mission of the program is to improve the health of Illinois residents by:

  • Emphasizing health prevention
  • Promoting continuity of health care
  • Providing a medical home for Medicaid recipients
  • Ensuring that each recipient can receive high quality, comprehensive health care services within the recipient’s community

Do You Qualify for Illinois Medicaid?

To qualify for Medicaid Illinois:

  • you must be a resident of the state of Illinois
  • a US national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien,
  • in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19,
  • blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.


Illinois Medicaid Application Process:

To apply for medical assistance, visit the nearest Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) office. Staff will help you submit an application.

You can also apply online for SNAP (food stamps), Medical and Cash Benefits through Illinois Web Benefits.


For more information on Illinois Medicaid:

please contact the Health Benefits Hotline at 1-800-843-6154.

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