Medicaid, also known as medical assistance, is a United States Government Program that provides free or low-cost healthcare to individuals or families who are living on a low income. Typically, aid is given to pregnant women, the elderly, people with long-term illnesses and the disabled. In Illinois the Medicaid program is run by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. They assist with the applications, check application forms and process the results.
Things You'll Need
- computer with Internet access
- application form
Check the basic eligibility requirements. Look online at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services website for the list of requirements. Typically, you need to be a U.S. citizen and hold permanent residence in Illinois and be living on a low income. Income requirements are defined as a percentage of the federal poverty line. For example, a family of three with an income of 200 percent of the federal poverty level is eligible for Medicaid support in Illinois. This equates to an annual household income of $36,620, or a monthly income of $3,052.
Confirm your eligibility. Visit your nearest Illinois Department of Human Services office. Arrange a meeting with a DHS staff member to discuss your background and requirements. To save time, call ahead and make an appointment. Bring any relevant paperwork you have, such as medical records, with you. The staff will not be able to give you a definitive answer on the spot but they can give you an indication if it is worth submitting an application.
Apply for Medicaid. You can apply by going to your Illinois local DHS office and filling in the application form. If you cannot go to the office due to health reasons, call the office and ask if an application can be sent to you. In an emergency, fill in the form when you or your family member is being treated at the hospital. Ask a hospital staff member for assistance.
Complete the telephone interview. After you have submitted the application form, a DHS staff member will arrange a telephone interview to asses your application. If you meet the eligibility requirements you will receive postal confirmation of your acceptance on the program.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are not eligible for the Medicaid program look for other U.S. Government grant programs on the Department for Human Services website
- Do not rush your application, basic errors could lead to your application being rejected without full consideration.
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