Welcome to the Healthcare Portal's Veterans Page. When someone puts their life on the line to defend their country, it is shocking that they could even go one day without health insurance. And yet the federal government has let more than one million veterans go without health insurance, including approximately 70,000 in Illinois. Every veteran should have access to affordable, quality health insurance, and that's why we created Veterans Care – a new program that offers access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare to veterans across Illinois. To find out more about our healthcare program for veterans below.
Health Insurance Programs
Illinois Warrior Assistance Program
The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program provides confidential assistance for Illinois Veterans as they transition back to their everyday lives after serving our country. The program offers a confidential 24-hour toll-free helpline, 1-866-554-IWAP (4927), that is staffed by health professionals to assist Veterans, day or night, with the symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The program also provides Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) screening to all interested Illinois Veterans over the phone via the helpline or through the State of Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) Veteran Service Officers (VSOs). It also makes TBI screenings mandatory for all returning members of the Illinois Army National Guard and Air National Guard. If you are a Veteran or service member suffering from symptoms associated with PTSD, or if you think someone you care about may be experiencing post-deployment stress or other combat-related emotional issues, call the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program confidential 24-hour toll-free helpline, 1-866-554-IWAP (4927) for more information and help visit the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program.
TRICARE is similar to a private sector HMO and manages the military healthcare programs. TRICARE covers Active Duty, Activated Guard and Reserves, Retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. Active Duty and Guard and Reserve service members are automatically enrolled TRICARE Prime. Military dependents and retirees must choose the TRICARE option that best suits their needs. For more information, please contact your local VSO field office or visit the TRICARE Web site.
Veterans Care provides affordable, comprehensive healthcare to veterans across Illinois. Veterans may qualify for Veterans Care if their family income is equal to or less than the Veterans Care income threshold for their county. If eligible, participants will pay a monthly premium of $40 or $70 plus co-pays and will receive medical, dental and vision coverage. For Veterans Care eligibility guidelines, please visit the Veterans Care Web site.
Veterans Services Officers (VSO)
Veterans Services Officers (VSO) helps veterans apply for Veterans Care Health Insurance as well as individual disability benefits and state and federal benefits and grants for health-related needs such as adaptations to make a home wheel chair accessible. By talking with a VSO, veterans can significantly increase their opportunity to receive the maximum amount of benefits from the federal government. Visit Veterans Care Web site to find a VSO in your area.