Hello, young people! Below are some great contacts to help answer questions and resolve issues:
FosterClub has a dedicated team of folks to help you find what you need in Illinois. Call them at 503-717-1552 or email them here. They can help you find resources to help you transition to adulthood and connect you to leadership opportunities.
For problems or complaints, contact Illinois Ombudsman at call (617) 524-2029.
Healthcare for Former Foster Youth (FFY).Did you know that former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 until their 26th birthday? Qualification for FFY to access Medicaid is not dependant on employment or education status. Check out #Healthcare FFY for more information about this program!
For a detailed guide walking you through the Medicaid application process, visit Illinois State Department of Human Services.
For a general explanation of the Medicaid til 26 program in Illinois, visit here.
For assistance applying, call 1-800-843-6154 Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.
Illinois does not have a foster-specific application.
Because you should have been automatically enrolled when you aged out of care, you should not need to apply! If, for some reason you were not automatically enrolled, you will need to fill out the general Medicaid application. For more information, visit the “How can I apply?” section!
Illinois does not have auto-coverage renewal.
This means that, to keep your coverage until age 26, you will need to verify your information annually. Each year, the state Medicaid will contact you asking you to complete the renewal process. If you do not complete this process, your coverage will lapse.
Be sure to be on the lookout for these renewal notices. Keep your contact information and mailing address up-to-date with the state Medicaid office, so that you do not miss this information!
Illinois is in the process of instituting auto-coverage renewal. Once this is in place, you will no longer need to complete a renewal application each year. Keep your eye out for changes to this process!
Illinois has auto-enrollment.This means that, if you aged out of foster care in Illinois, you do not need to complete a new application before you are able to receive health care coverage. As part of your transition plan, DCFS should have completed the necessary process for you to begin receiving Medicaid til 26 benefits. Make sure to ask your caseworker!
Illinois does not provide coverage to relocators.This means that, if you were in care in another state and then moved to Illinois, you would not be eligible for Medicaid til 26. You may still be able to get health insurance through…
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