Healthcare Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

 Health Options Available for Illinois Immigrants (Documented and Undocumented)

This fact sheet was made to make documented and undocumented immigrants aware of what health options are available in Illinois in simple language. The document touches on Medicaid, Medicare, Marketplace and FQHCs. The document is available in other languages, if you would like a copy in another language please contact  Luvia Quinones (lquinones@icirr.org) for any questions. English Spanish

Health Clinics (includes Federal Qualified Health Centers, community clinics, free and charitable clinics, etc:

Above is an interactive map of all of the health clinics in the state of Illinois. All of these are available regardless of immigration status - and are low cost or free. 

Direct Access Programs

In addition to these clinics there are also programs that coordinate and create a network out of health care resources for the uninsured. They serve anyone regardless of immigration status as long as they meet the income and residency requirements. In Illinois there is Access to Care for those in suburban Cook and northwest Chicago, and Access DuPage for those in the DuPage area. 

All Kids

All Kids is a statewide program administered by Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) that provides free or affordable healthcare coverage to children 18 years and younger of low-income, uninsured families in Illinois, regardless of immigration status or medical condition. The All Kids medical plan includes doctors visits, dental appointments, immunizations, prescription drugs, hospital visits, physical therapy and vision care.

Families pay for All Kids on a sliding scale depending on their household income. Any low-income child without health insurance can qualify for All Kids, but All Kids insurance is only free of pay to those children in families with the lowest monthly incomes. Some families may have to pay premiums or co-pays based on family income. The income limit is higher for larger families.

All Kids provides comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers. Depending on the families’ income, some families pay a monthly amount, but rates for middle-income families are significantly lower than the rates of private healthcare providers.

Eligibility

  1. There are NO immigration restrictions for All Kids. All uninsured children under the age of 19, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for All Kids benefits if they are within the income limits.
  2. Your child must be an Illinois resident.
  3. Your child must be 18 years old or younger.
  4. Your child must be uninsured for at least 12 months before they can be eligible for All Kids, unless your household income is less than a certain amount.
  5. Your family must be within the income limits.

How much will I pay for All Kids coverage?

It depends on your family’s income. If you are a low-income family residing in Illinois, you will most likely qualify for free medical care for your children. If you make more money than low-income families but you do not have healthcare coverage for your children, you may qualify for affordable medical insurance for your children.

How to apply

 You can apply online or request a paper copy by calling the All Kids hotline at 1-866-255-5437.

What should I bring when applying for All Kids and Family Care benefits for my children?

  • A month’s worth of pay stubs to prove your family’s income.
  • Proof that your children or family members are Illinois residents. Bring state identification or green card if possible. If not, a utility bill can be used to prove your residency.

Family Care

Family Care offers healthcare coverage to citizen and legal permanent resident parents and caretaker relatives who have resided in the United States for longer than five years and are living and caring for children 18 years old and younger.

Eligibility

  1. You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident who has resided in the United States for longer than five years.
  2. You must be the parent or legal guardian of a child who is 18 years old or younger.
  3. You must be within the income limits.

How much will I pay for Family Care coverage?

Depending on your family’s size and income, you will pay anywhere from $0 to $40 per month. Medical visits cost an average of $3.65 per visit, emergency room visits $0-$3.65, and prescriptions $2-$3.65.

Who does the All Kids/Family Care family or unit include?

The AllKids/FamilyCare unit includes only immediate family--mother, father, legal guardian, and children under 19 that are living together. If married, both the husband and wife's income must be used to determine eligibility. If a couple lives together but are not married and the woman is pregnant but they have no other children in common, only the woman's income is used to determine eligibility. If a child is living with their grandmother with a high income, the child would still qualify for AllKids because the grandmother is not immediate family.

Will receiving All Kids or Family Care benefits hurt the immigration statuses of members of my family?

NO. The Immigration and Naturalization Services announced in 1999 that as long as immigrants only receive benefits for which there are eligible receiving public healthcare coverage and other public benefits will not affect their immigration status unless it is for long-term institutionalized medical care.

How to apply

You can also apply online or request a paper copy by calling the All Kids hotline at 1-866-255-5437.

Charity Care

Charity Care (Also known as the Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act) is  financial assistance for low income and uninsured individuals.  Non profit hospitals are some other providers are required to provide charity care to low income and uninsured residents.  Click here to learn more. 

The Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is the measure by which some programs such as Charity Care determine eligibility. To find out how your family income relates to the Federal Poverty Level, click here