Health Coverage Now Available to Undocumented Seniors in Illinois

Get Care Illinois website provides information on new program in five languages.

Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare. Health care is a human right, and our health system is stronger when everyone is included—especially seniors. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our senior population, and undocumented seniors have been especially vulnerable because they are ineligible for Medicaid, Medicare, or Affordable Care Act coverage—despite paying state and local taxes.  

Fortunately, Illinois has become the first state in the nation to extend health coverage to undocumented seniors 

This new program provides comprehensive healthcare coverage, including doctor and hospital care, lab tests, dental and vision services, prescription drugs, and more, to non-citizens age 65 or older. Enrollment for eligible undocumented seniors who have income below the federal poverty level began on December 1, 2020.  

More information on the program and how to apply is available on the Get Care Illinois website in EnglishSpanishChineseArabic, and PolishGet Care Illinois, a project of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, offers low-income individuals and families a roadmap to finding, obtaining, and using healthcare coverage in Illinois. 

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Healthcare is a human right. The high cost of care means millions of families have no access to the critical care all human beings deserve.

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