YouthCare Health Plan
Recognizing the unprecedented challenges families, medical providers and state agencies are facing from COVID-19, the launch of YouthCare services for DCFS youth in care will be postponed a minimum of 30 days (from April 1, 2020).
As families and medical providers focus on responding to COVID-19, YouthCare transition to be postponed (3/16/20)
Letter to caregivers announcing the delay of the transition to YouthCare (3/16/20)
YouthCare has been selected to coordinate the physical health, behavioral health, dental and vision care for current and former youth in care.
Former youth in care will transition to YouthCare on February 1, 2020. Former youth in care are youth under 21 years of age who were previously under the guardianship of DCFS prior to reunification, adoption or subsidized guardianship; or cases where juvenile court closed their case and the youth are no longer under the legal custody of DCFS.
Current youth in care will transition to the same program later this spring.
DCFS has worked in partnership with YouthCare to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible, without any disruptions to healthcare services.
Please refer to this site for updated information on YouthCare.
To verify that your provider is part of the YouthCare network, call 844-289-2264 and ask for the Rapid Response Team or send an email to
For six months after the rollout date, YouthCare will pay for healthcare services provided to DCFS Youth in Care even if those providers are not part of the YouthCare provider network.
YouthCare will work with out-of-network providers during this period to ask them to join the YouthCare network, develop an individual contract for the provider to serve the youth in your home or identify an alternative provider in the YouthCare network who will accept the child as a new patient.
If your current provider is no longer willing to provide services to the Youth in Care in your home once the child is enrolled in YouthCare, contact the Advocacy Office by phone (800-232-3798) or email (DCFS.HealthPlan@illinois.gov) for help immediately.
To read the
Transition Plan for Illinois Child Welfare Medicaid Managed Care Implementation
Child Welfare Medicaid Managed Care Implementation Advisory Workgroup
The Child Welfare Medicaid Managed Care Implementation Advisory Workgroup was established by PA100-0646 to advise the department on the transition and implementation of managed care for children. To see the meeting schedules, membership list, meeting agendas and minutes, click
For more information, read the
Managed Care Fact Sheet.
Want to know more?
Please contact your health plan directly to get answers to your questions about enrollment, provider coverage, etc.
HealthChoice Illinois Health Plan Contact Information:
Notices to participants
Managed care implementation date extended to April 1, 2020
Enrollment letter Sent to Former Youth in Care and Parenting Youth in Care (12/9/19)
Letter Sent to Foster Families (1/6/2020)
Letter Sent to Adoptive and Guardianship Families (1/6/2020)
DCFS and HFS joint letter to Child Welfare Medicaid Managed Care Implementation Advisory Workgroup members (1/16/20)
Joint statement from HFS, DCFS and the ACLU on the managed care transition for youth in care (1/16/20)
Managed care implementation date extended to Feb. 1, 2020
DCFS Managed Care Letter to Current Youth in Care (1/30/2020)
DCFS Managed Care Letter to Current Youth in Care (3/5/2020)
For health care coverage inquiries and dispute resolution, contact the Illinois DCFS Advocacy Office for Children and Families:
800-232-3798 or 217-524-2029
For general questions: