Illinois Medicaid

Funded by both the federal and state governments, Medicaid is an important health program for people with lower incomes, elderly people, people with disabilities, and some families with children.

The state government’s Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) administers Medicaid programs throughout Illinois, and recipients must be American citizens or legal permanent residents living in Illinois who fall into certain qualifying categories.

Qualifying categories for Medicaid eligibility include:

  • the elderly
  • the physically disabled
  • the mentally disabled
  • pregnant women
  • low income adults
  • severely disabled children
  • low income children

By 2014, most adults across the country who are under age 65 and have incomes under $15,000 will qualify for Medicaid. HFS offers a choice of assistance options to eligible people of all ages. For help determining your eligibility for assistance under certain programs, you should consult the Healthcare and Family Services Medical Programs page or contact HFS at “” or 1-217-782-2570, and if it appears you meet eligibility

requirements, you should not delay applying for Illinois Medicaid services as directed on the HFS Medical Programs page.

Medicaid in Illinois covers a wide range of medical services including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital services
  • Health screenings for children and treatment of detected medical problems
  • Comprehensive dental services for children
  • Nursing facility services for adults
  • Health clinic services
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Prescription drugs
  • Adult medical and surgical dental services
  • Physical, occupational, or speech therapy for children
  • Eye doctor visits and eyeglasses for children
  • Medically-necessary transportation services

What is Dual Eligibility?

Some people have dual eligibility for both Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare is the primary payer in these cases.

If you are a Medicare dual eligible individual, looking into Medicare Advantage plans may be a great investment. Call MedicareMall toll-free at 1-877-413-1556 to learn more about dual eligibility and Medicare Advantage.

For the best information about senior healthcare including Original Medicare Part A and Part B, Medicare supplement plans, and Medicare Advantage, contact a licensed, bonded MedicareMall representative and let us lead you with confidence through the Medicare maze!

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