SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The Illinois Department of Health and Family Services recently launched the Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults program to provide health care coverage to undocumented adult immigrants and certain elderly legal permanent residents. from 55 to 64 years old.
Officials said services covered include doctor and hospital visits, lab tests, physical and occupational therapy, mental health, addiction treatment services, dental services. and visuals and prescription drugs.
These new services build on the Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors program, which since December 2020 has offered Medicaid-like benefits to eligible immigrant adults age 65 and older, officials said.
“Implementing more equitable health care coverage across the state is central to HFS’s mission, which means increasing access to quality health care choices for all residents of Illinois, regardless of their immigration status,” said Theresa Eagleson, director of the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services. “In the midst of a pandemic that has disproportionately affected older adults and people of color, efforts to break down barriers and create a more equitable healthcare system are more important than ever.”
“Immigrant families face many challenges in their lives, and knowing that their loved one can now access health services will give families hope for a better quality of life in the state they have chosen as their home. home,” HFS Assistant said. Director Jenny Aguirre. “Everyone deserves to have a healthier future, and I’m so proud that in Illinois we consider health care access and equity a top priority.”
Individuals are eligible for coverage through this program if they meet the following conditions:
- They are between 55 and 64 years old.
- They are either an undocumented immigrant or a lawful permanent resident of the United States for less than five years.
- The annual household income is equal to or less than $18,754 for one person; $25,268 for two people. The income limit is equal to the ACA Adult program.
Following the General Assembly’s passage of HB 4343 during the spring legislative session, the Adult Immigrant Health Benefits program will further expand to include eligible adults ages 42 to 54, effective 1st of July.
“The pandemic has shown us that it’s critical that everyone has access to high-quality health care, especially as they age,” said Rep. Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago. “The Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults program, which covers noncitizen adults ages 55 and older, is an important step toward a more equitable health care system in Illinois. I look forward to working with the administration as we build on this successful program until all adult immigrants qualify for these benefits.
Individuals can apply for new benefits at any time using the following methods: