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Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance for Families in Illinois

These programs offer free or low-cost health insurance to families who qualify.

Medicaid
If your family has a very low income and you have very little in savings, you might be able to get free or low-cost health care through Medicaid. You have to be a U.S. citizen or documented immigrant to qualify for Medicaid. If you’re not a citizen (but your income is low enough to qualify for Medicaid), then you can get free medical treatment when you have an emergency. 
Get more information on Medicaid.

KidCare Moms and Babies
If you’re pregnant or have a baby who’s younger than age 1, you might be able to get free or low-cost health care for yourself and your baby through the KidCare program. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to get help through KidCare.
Get more information on the KidCare program for moms and babies.

Healthy Start/ Medical Presumptive Eligibility (MPE) Program
If you’re pregnant and your doctor thinks that you should qualify for Medicaid, you might be able to get free outpatient services through the MPE program. (Outpatient services are any medical visits or treatments you have where you don’t stay at the hospital.) You doctor has to be enrolled in the Healthy Start program for your medical services to be covered by Healthy Start.
Get more information on the Healthy Start program.

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More programs like this one should be started all over the world to help families that cannot afford a proper health plan or Life Insurance , and even a small health plan can go a long way for these unfortunate families.

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