What is Medicaid? Who is eligible? Where do I apply?
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Medicaid in Illinois refers to the state's medical assistance programs that provide help to people and families who cannot afford private medical care on their own. It is usually not called "Medicaid" by Illinois state agencies, but instead the general term "Medical Assistance Programs", or by one of the specific programs, such as FamilyCare or All Kids."
Almost all the programs are managed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
Be careful not to confuse Medicaid with Medicare. Medicaid, as we have said here, is a state program that provides assistance to a wide range of people. Medicare is a federal program, with little difference from state to state. It is limited generally to seniors over age 65.
Young adults in Illinois may qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid, which is run by the Illinois Departments of Human Services and Public Aid, provides payment for certain medical services and equipment..."
Find the size of your family in the first column. Be sure to count yourself. Read across the row to see where your monthly gross income falls. That will tell you which FamilyCare plan you may be able to get..."
"...The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure... The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure.
"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..."
Illinois families can apply for health insurance online. It may take 20-45 minutes to complete this application. The bigger your family is, the more time it takes..."
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