The Illinois Department of Public Health offers a health insurance premium payment program to assist people with HIV/AIDS who have had to leave their employment (and therefore losing their employee health benefits) due to illness and have elected to receive health insurance coverage through COBRA, an Illinois marketplace insurance plan, Medicare Part D, a Medicare supplemental plan, or another commercial group health insurance plan. CHIC Premium Assistance helps to cover the costs of a single or family plan and to include a spouse and children on a family health insurance plan. CHIC Premium Assistance pays a monthly health insurance premium of up to $750.
Who is eligible for CHIC Premium Assistance?
Individuals must meet all of the following requirements:
- Diagnosed with HIV or AIDS and supply CD4 and viral load laboratory results not older than 6 months prior to enrollment.
- Currently live in Illinois and have a legal home address (domicile) in Illinois.
- Have COBRA, an Illinois marketplace plan, Medicare Part D, a Medicare supplemental plan, or other health insurance coverage that is not payroll-deducted.
- Meet the current income limits outlined by the CHIC Premium Assistance Program. To view the current income and federal poverty levels outlined by the program visit: http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/aids/adap.htm.