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Illinois Healthcare Portal Senior

Welcome to the HealthCare Portal’s Senior Page. Everyone deserves access to good, affordable healthcare. No senior citizen should ever have to worry about how to pay for the high cost of prescription drugs. Read more below about state programs that can help senior citizens with healthcare services and programs that help seniors save thousands of dollars each year on prescription drug costs. For additional information you can also call the Senior Help-Line 1-800-252-8966 (TTY: 1-888-206-1327).

Health Insurance Programs

HFS Medical Benefits

HFS Medical Benefits may be available for individuals who are age 65 or older, blind or have a permanent disability. To qualify for HFS Medical, persons must live in Illinois and meet income and asset limits. Persons must also be U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants. You can review the HFS Medical Benefits Information to find out if you qualify.

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIP is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Insurance. For information visit the SHIP Web site or call the Department of Insurance, Senior Health Insurance Program at 1-800-548-9034 for further information about enrollment.

Additional Resources

Social Security

Social Security is a program administered by the Federal Government. For those who are eligible to receive benefits from Social Security, it can provide the following cash benefits for 1) Retirement Benefits, 2) Disability Benefits, 3) Widow and Survivor Benefits, 4) Additional Benefits known as Supplemental Security Benefits for those whose income is low and 5) Medicare. To find out more about who qualifies for benefits and how you can sign up for those benefits, visit the Social Security Administration’s Web site or telephone 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778).

Senior Help-Line

Senior Help-Line (1-800-252-8966) (TTY: 1-888-206-1327). We’ve also recently developed the Senior Help-Line. Seniors can now call a single number if they have questions about services the state offers like hot-meal delivery or transportation services. Visit the Senior Help-Line Web site.


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Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

JB Pritzker, Governor • Theresa Eagleson, Director

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