State launches health care coverage for older immigrants – Jacksonville Journal-Courier

State launches health care coverage for older immigrants – Jacksonville Journal-Courier

A state program that provides health care for older undocumented immigrants and legal permanent residents is expanding the list of who is eligible for coverage.
A state program that provides health care for older undocumented immigrants and legal permanent residents is expanding the list of who is eligible for coverage.
The Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors program started in 2020 for those age 65 or older. The program through the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will now be available to those ages 55 to 64.
It will cover such health care needs as doctor and hospital visits, lab tests, physical and occupational therapy, mental health, substance abuse disorder services, dental and vision services and prescription drugs.
The program was the first of its kind in the nation.
“Implementing more equitable health care coverage across the state is central to (the) mission, which means increasing access to quality health care choices for all Illinois residents, regardless of their immigration status,” Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Theresa Eagleson said. “Amid a pandemic that has disproportionately affected older adults and people of color, efforts to remove barriers and create a more equitable health care system are more important than ever.”
Assistant Director Jenny Aguirre said the program illustrates that the state considers health care access and equity a top priority.
“Immigrant families face many challenges in their lives and to know that their loved one may now have access to health care services will give families hope for a better quality of life in the state they’ve chosen as their home,” Aguirre said. “Everyone deserves to have a healthier future.”
Eligibility requirements include:
The program will be expanded starting July 1 to include eligible adults age 42 to 54.
Applications and more information are available through the state’s Application for Benefits Eligibility site at ABE.illinois.gov or by calling 1-800-843-6154.
David C.L. Bauer is editor and publisher. He has been editor since May 2009 and added publisher responsibilities in February 2016. The Cincinnati native has worked as an editor for newspapers in Florida, Ohio and Kentucky and as a former adjunct instructor of journalism at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He has also worked at radio stations in Ohio as a news director and a disc jockey. He has won a number of national and state awards for his reporting and editing.

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