Medicaid is a state and federal program that pays for medical expenses for low-income people. You may be eligible for Medicaid benefits if you are a member of one of the following groups:

  • Individuals who have held LPR or other Qualified immigrant status for at least 5 years
  • Veterans and active duty members of the US military and their dependents
  • All immigrants are eligible for the following services, regardless of immigration status:
  • Emergency services, including end-stage kidney disease services;
  • Pregnant women immigrants are eligible for care during and after pregnancy.

For more information about Medicaid, including how to apply, please see Medicaid.

All Kids health insurance

All Kids is a state program to provide affordable health insurance for children. For more information about All Kids, including how to apply, please see All Kids Healthcare.

Is my child eligible for All Kids if she is not a US citizen?

Yes. As of July 1, 2006, all children under 18 years old are eligible for health insurance coverage, if they:

  • Have proof of Illinois residency
  • Have been uninsured for 12 months in a row

Head Start

Head Start is a child development program that provides services to low-income preschool children and their families, with a focus on education, social and emotional development, physical and mental health, and nutrition.

Does my child qualify for Head Start if she is not a US citizen?

Yes. All children may be eligible for Head Start, regardless of their immigration status. For more information about Head Start, including how to enroll your child, please see Head Start Child Development Program.