Welcome to the Healthcare Portal's Parent and Child Page. There's nothing more important than making sure that you and your family can see a doctor whenever you need to. You shouldn't have to worry about being able to afford a doctor or medicine when you or your family are sick. Children 18 years or younger, regardless of family income, may be eligible for healthcare under All Kids. Parents may be eligible for FamilyCare, even if you're a family of four earning $44,100 a year, or higher for larger families. You can find out more about our healthcare programs below.
Health Insurance Programs
The All Kids Program offers healthcare coverage to children living in Illinois. For more information on All Kids, visit the All Kids Web site, or call the All Kids hotline at 1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437) (TTY: 1-866-675-8440).
FamilyCare offers healthcare coverage to parents living with their children 18 years old or younger. FamilyCare also covers relatives who are caring for children in place of their parents. To find out if you’re eligible for FamilyCare benefits visit the FamilyCare Web site or call our hotline 1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437) (TTY: 1-866-675-8440).
Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (ICHIP)
The Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (ICHIP) is a state program for all Illinois residents who are unable to obtain private health insurance coverage. You must pay premiums to participate in the plan. For information visit the ICHIP Web site or call our hotline at 1-866-851-2751 (TTY: 1-800-545-2455).
Illinois Preexisting Condition Insurance Pool (IPXP)
With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("national health reform" or "the Affordable Care Act") on March 23, 2010, Illinois families and employers can anticipate a health insurance marketplace that will provide more meaningful benefits, be more accountable to consumers, and be more transparent. Most health insurance reforms are scheduled to be implemented and effective by January 1, 2014.
The establishment of a federally-funded temporary high risk pool is among the components of the Affordable Care Act scheduled for implementation in the near future. By design, the federally-funded high risk pool will provide transitional coverage to 2014 for the currently uninsured with preexisting conditions. Of course, effective January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act prohibits health insurers from basing coverage or pricing decisions on health status. We know that day will not arrive soon enough for many families and employers, especially in Illinois which, does not require that health insurer rate increases be actuarially justified.
For information visit the IPXP Web site or call the Department of Insurance at 1-877-527-9431 for further information about enrollment.
Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace
If you do not think you qualify for the programs listed here, but need health insurance, you may be eligible for financial help to buy health insurance through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit the GetCoveredIllinois.gov for more information and to answer some screening questions about your income and family size. Based on the answers, you will be guided to apply for health insurance through the Marketplace or Medicaid.
Illinois Immunization Program
The Illinois Immunization Program makes sure that children get the immunizations (shots) they need to protect them from dangerous childhood diseases. These diseases have serious complications and can even kill children. Immunizations protect children against diseases like Tetanus Polio Measles Mumps, and Hepatitis B. Immunizations are given at birth, and then at 2, 4, 6 and 12-18 months of age. Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP), polio, and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are needed again between ages 4 and 6. The first measles vaccine must be given on or after the first birthday. Check with your doctor or healthcare provider for more information, or visit our Illinois Immunization Program Web site or call 1-800-526-4372 (TTY: 1-800-547-0466) for additional immunization information.
Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program provides assessment, evaluation and services for infants and toddlers under three years of age who have a medical diagnosis that could result in a developmental delay, a 30 percent delay in development in any area, or are at risk of developmental delays. Parents provide most of the care needed to help their children develop basic developmental skills, guided by the Early Intervention therapists who serve their children. To access Early Intervention programming in your area, please call 1-800-323-4769, an automated helpline for WIC/Early Intervention Services or visit the Early Interventions Web site.
Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
The Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, counseling and support, breastfeeding support, health screenings, and referrals to other services. WIC enables parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. The combination of nutrition education, nutritious foods, and access to other health services strengthens families long after their WIC eligibility has ended. WIC serves income eligible women and children including pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women; infants and children up to 5 years of age who have a medical or nutritional risk; and care givers who have medical and financial responsibility for children and are relatives but not legal guardians of the children. To find a WIC office in your area, call 1-800-323-4769 (TTY: 1-866-295-6817) or visit the WIC Web site.
Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) Program
The Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) Program, provides mental health screening, assessment, planning, crisis intervention and treatment services for youth who are at risk of psychiatric hospitalization and who are without resources other than the State’s Office of Mental Health. SASS helps prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of children and adolescents, and provides increased access to more appropriate community treatment alternatives. For more information on SASS services contact the DHS Help Line 1-800-843-6154 (TTY 1-800-447-6404) or visit the SASS Program Web site.
Department of Human Services (DHS) - Individual Care Grant (ICG) Program
The Individual Care Grant (ICG) Program provides intensive residential-based treatment for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances or mental illnesses. For more information on ICG services contact the Department of Human Services Hotline DHS Help Line 1-800-843-6154 (TTY 1-800-447-6404) or visit the ICG Program Web site.
UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)
UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) has 13 regional offices across the state where care coordinators are available to assist families with medically eligible children (birth to age 21 years) access needed specialty services. The Core Program is the major focus of DSCC and offers care coordination and cost-supported diagnosis and treatment for children with chronic health impairments determined eligible for program support. The Home Care Program offers coordination and support for in-home medical care of technology-dependent children who would otherwise have to remain in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. The Children's Habilitation Clinic, located on the west campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, within the Children and Adolescent Section of the Out-Patient Center, provides comprehensive diagnostic services to children with complex disabling conditions and provides ongoing rehabilitation and developmental management to those children to age 21. For more information about these programs, call 1-800-322-3722 or visit the UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children Web site.