Saint Anthony Hospital links families to health insurance and community resources.
Saint Anthony Hospital's Community Wellness Program provides information, assistance, and advocacy to families applying for many public benefits, like health insurance. Some public benefits are available regardless of immigration status, and citizenship applications are not affected by receiving health insurance or food benefits for which one is eligible.
Our Community Wellness Program can provide information on many public benefits and community resources in addition to the ones listed below.
We also offer older adults and seniors an opportunity to work with staff one-on-one, developing an individual connection for infromation on benefits, health insurance, and community-based services. The staff engage with both English- and Spanish-speaking seniors to help provide access to the resources they need.
- Insurance counseling, including Medicare and Medicaid.
- Benefit Access Program, MMAI navigation.
- Energy assistance referrals
- Food pantry resources
We do our best at accommodating individuals walking into our Little Village or North Lawndale offices for assistance. To be assured of meeting with one of our public benefits specialists, please schedule an appointment by calling 773.523.5079 (Little Village) or 773.522.5299 (North Lawndale) prior to coming to our offices.
Health Coverage for Immigrant Seniors
In 2020, Illinois passed a bill allowing seniors to receive medical coverage regardless of immigration status. To qualify, seniors must be 65 and older, a permanent resident less than 5 years or undocumented, and fall 200% below the poverty line.
Illinois All Kids - Healthcare For Kids
The Community Wellness Program helps families apply for Illinois All Kids and help with redeterminations.
The All Kids program offers Illinois uninsured children under the age of 19 comprehensive healthcare that includes emergency room visits, physician visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers. Parents pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but rates for middle-income families are significantly lower than they are on the private market.
Benefits are available to children regardless of immigration status.
Moms and Babies/Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE)
This Program, which falls under IllinoisAll Kids, gives pregnant women medical coverage to get the care they need to keep their baby healthy. To qualify, women must be uninsured, have proof of pregnancy, and meet income requirement.
Benefits are available for pregnant women regardless of immigration status.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Formerly known as “food stamps” and referred to as the LINK card, SNAP helps people with little to no income buy nutritious food. Our Community Wellness Program helps individuals and families apply. To qualify, individuals must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of five years or more and meet income requirements. Children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents may receive assistance even if their parents do not qualify. For more information about SNAP please call: 773-484-4352 or 773-484-4268
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, a comprehensive healthcare reform law, impacts many families in Saint Anthony Hospital's community. The Act requires every individual to have some type of health insurance. Our Community Wellness Program has staff who are very knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act and can answer questions about coverage and link individuals to resources so that they find the insurance plan that is right for them. Individuals may also be able to get financial assistance from the government to make this new health insurance affordable.