Home care services are among the benefits for which people aged 65 or more years who are undocumented immigrants or who have been legal permanent residents, also known as green card holders, for less than five years will be eligible under a first-ever medical-benefits program rolled out last month by the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Covered services are similar to those offered under Assistance for Aged, Blind or Disabled and also include doctor and hospital care, lab tests, rehabilitative services such as physical and occupational therapy, mental health and substance use disorder services, dental and vision services, and prescription drugs. Nursing facility services are not covered.
“This really shows our commitment to expansion and broadening healthcare access,” said Graciela Guzmán, campaign director for Healthy Illinois, a group that advocates for universal coverage. California also is looking to expand coverage to all low-income undocumented immigrants.