Last updated: May 19, 2023


This page provides information about a new health insurance program for immigrants 65 years or older.

Health Benefits for Immigrants 65 Years or Older

There is a new health insurance program in Illinois for non-citizens age 65 and over who do not meet immigration status requirements for Medicaid. 

    Who is Eligible?

    You may be eligible for this new program if you:

    • Are 65 years old or older, AND
      • An undocumented immigrant OR
      • A green card holder or legal permanent resident in the U.S. who has had that immigration status for less than five years OR
      • Have another immigration status that makes you ineligible for traditional Medicaid; AND
    • Have Income under 100% FPL* AND
    • Have assets below $17,500 

    * Your medical bills can be deducted from your income or your assets so you may qualify even if you have income above this amount.

    How Does it Work?

     The new health insurance program provides comprehensive healthcare coverage without premiums or co-payments. 

    Covered services include: doctor and hospital care, lab tests, rehabilitative services such as physical and occupational therapy, mental health and substance use disorder services, dental and vision services, and prescription drugs.  Nursing facility services and home and community-based services will not be covered.

    If you have bills from a nursing facility (or other medical bills) due to being treated for COVID-19 please contact the Immigrant Family Resource Programs: or the ICIRR Health Hotline at: 1-815-435-7693.

    What about Public Charge?

    Getting healthcare services through this program will not count against you for the public charge test.

    How Do I Apply?

    You can apply for these new benefits by any of the following methods.


    Need More Help?

    View fact sheets from HFS in English and Spanish

    For more information, contact:
    – Office of Welcoming Centers for Refugee and Immigrant Services Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services at 312-793-2705, or 

    Immigrant Family Resource Programs website or the ICIRR Health Hotline: 815-435-7693