Illinois Medicaid

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December 19, 2018


Medicaid is a jointly funded state and Federal government program that pays for medical assistance services. Medicaid pays for medical assistance for eligible children, parents and caretakers of children, pregnant women, persons who are disabled, blind or 65 years of age or older, those who were formerly in foster care services, and adults aged 19-64 who are not receiving Medicare coverage and who are not the parent or caretaker relative of a minor child.

Primary services funded through Medicaid are physician, hospital and long term care. Additional coverage includes drugs, medical equipment and transportation, family planning, laboratory tests, x-rays and other medical services.


Illinois Medicaid is administered by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for medical assistance, you must be a resident of the state of Illinois, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident or  Medicaid qualifying non -citizen who meets the financial and non-financial eligibility criteria. Eligibility groups are listed in above Benefits Description Section. 

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $16,643
2 $22,411
3 $28,180
4 $33,948
5 $39,716
6 $45,485
7 $51,253
8 $57,022

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,768 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

The income levels listed here are for those individuals who are parents and caretaker relatives and those covered under the ACA Adult Medicaid Expansion coverage. Other eligibility groups have different income levels.

Application Details

To get more information on applying for Medicaid, please contact the Health Benefits Hotline at 1-800-843-6154.

TTY users can call 855-889-4326.



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