The state of Illinois sponsors two types of health insurance coverage:
- Illinois Medicaid
- Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan
This is the health insurance plan offered through the Illinois Department of Public Aid. There are different programs offered through Medicaid, which may cover medical costs in part or altogether or act as a supplement to Medicare, including the 20 percent co-pay for anti-rejection medications.
To see if you qualify for any of these programs, call the Illinois Department of Human Services at (800) 843-6154 for a referral to the nearest program office. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you will be put on a schedule to reassess your disability status periodically, and your Medicaid coverage will end if you are found to no longer be disabled.
Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (ICHIP)
This is a state-sponsored health insurance plan for people who have pre-existing conditions and have been denied (or would be denied) individual health insurance policies and do not qualify for Medicaid. For more information, call (866) 851-2751 or visit www.chip.stat.il.us.
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