Healthcare Access Is A Human Right For All!
Healthcare is a human right for all! As an immigrant living in Illinois, you have certain rights when it comes to your health, regardless of your immigration status. Do not be afraid to prioritize you and your family’s health!
The services listed and discussed below are not considered for Public Charge.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.
Immigrant Rights are Healthcare Rights: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I request an interpreter at a hospital or clinic?
You have a right to request an interpreter. Hospitals may provide an interpreter for you in person or via phone.
What is charity care / financial assistance?
According to Illinois state law, Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act, hospitals have a legal obligation to provide financial assistance to uninsured individuals because they do not pay property taxes. Sometimes hospitals refer to this assistance as financial assistance or charity care.
What if I’m not a U.S. citizen, can I still apply for hospital financial assistance / charity care?
Yes. Note that hospitals and clinics will ask about your Illinois residence to prove that you live in Illinois; and they will also ask about your immigration status to help you apply and enroll in the best health program available. Due to a federal law known as HIPAA, hospitals and clinics cannot not share any of this information with immigration or the federal government.
What are my Financial assistance options at a hospital?
What is Emergency Medicaid?
If I apply for hospital financial assistance, will it affect my immigration status in the future?
Applying for hospital financial assistance / charity care does not affect your immigration status.
Can my information submitted at a hospital or clinic be shared with ICE?
Due to a federal law known as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), hospitals and clinics cannot not share any of this information with immigration or the federal government. Any application, such as emergency Medicaid or financial assistance, submitted is kept confidential, meaning your information cannot be shared with any other entity without your consent.
What are my options if I need to see a doctor, but it is not an emergency, and I don’t have medical insurance?
Where can I get assistance for prescriptions?
NeedyMeds and RX Outreach are national non-profits that help patients find affordable medications. Visit www.needymeds.org or www.rxoutreach.org for more information.
Regardless of my immigration status, what other healthcare benefits can I access? do I have access to?
Moms & babies: Pregnancy care and postpartum care, up to 60 days for mother and one year for child.
All Kids: Insurance coverage for children 18 years of age and younger
New Health Insurance Program for Seniors: Coverage for adults 65+ who do not qualify for Medicaid.
Carelink: For Cook County residents, www.cookcountyhealth.org/patients-visitors/billing-insurance
Access to Care: For residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago, www.accesstocare.org
Access DuPage: For DuPage residents, www.accessdupage.org.
If I need assistance with applying with these resources, who can I call?
For assistance with your application, call an Immigrant Family Resource Program partner. Visit our IFRP page.
Find a health clinic near you HERE. To search for your local health clinic, click on the “view larger map button” and enter your zip code in the search bar.
If you need help accessing healthcare, call our Family Support Network hotline at 1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY / 1-855-435-7693. Choose your language & follow the prompts. In the final option, press 7 for healthcare.